Lyceum Theatre

Heath Street,
Crewe, CW1 2AD

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Lyceum Theatre

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The Lyceum Theatre was built in 1889 to the plans of architect Alfred Darbyshire. At the turn of the Twentieth Century, it had been re-named Opera House. Soon it was screening short films as part of the programme, which by 1905, focused on variety programmes. On 10th March 1910, after a performance of a Pantomime, the interior of the theatre was totally destroyed by a fire.

The theatre was rebuilt to the plans of architect Albert Winstanley, and opened as the Lyceum Theatre on 4th September 1911 with a production of the play "All For Here". In March 1913 it presented the film "Quo Vadis" for a week’s run screening three times a day. In November 1913, Kinemacolour films were being screened, ‘direct from London’s Scala Theatre’.

From 1920, it has gone through many owners and has been in use as a live theatre. It was equipped to screen films again in early-1984. But this was a short lived venture, and live theatre use resumed, and continues today.

The Lyceum Theatre is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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