Royal Pavilion Theatre

9 Rigby Road,
Blackpool, FY1 5DE

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Royal Pavilion Theatre

The Royal Pavilion Theatre was opened on 23rd June 1909, when it was screening animated pictures. It was closed during the First World War, and was re-opened at Easter 1919. Alterations were carried out in May 1925.

It was re-named Futurist Cinema in 1929, and was re-named Plaza Cinema in 1939, and after World War II it became the Alexander Cinema when Marks Circuit Cinemas of Manchester took over. New operators took over in 1948, and it became the New Alexander Cinema.

By the late-1960’s, it had reverted back to its original Royal Pavilion Theatre name. Live shows were produced in the summer season, with cinema use in winter months.

Taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain in the late-1970’s, it was programmed with repertory films. This closed in 1983, and the building remained closed in 1984.

It re-opened as a live theatre, with productions of ‘girly’ shows & ‘drag’ shows. Retuning brifly to cinema use in 1990, in 1993, it reverted back to live theatre use. In recent years it has become Scots Karaoke Bar.

Still to be seen on the side of the building is an ancient painted sign ‘Royal Pavilion We Excel All Others’, and the projection box protrudes out of the facade.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on September 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

At some point the auditorium was horizontally sub-divided with the theatre / cinema operating from the former balcony and the stage above the front stalls area as this picture shows:– AUDITORIUM I believe at this point that films were still possible using the old (the one sticking out of the fa├žade) projection room.

The rear stalls became, I think a bar and the front stalls a cafe.

The cinema/theatre entrance at this point was around the corner in Tyldesley Road through a former balcony exit stairwell, with the bar accessed from Rigby Road. A photo from circa 1992 here:– EXTERIOR AS A CINEMA

samhain on June 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I used to go here in the early 80s for Saturday afternoon horror double bills.

sisu on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

aaaaaaahhh found it,at last, this was my home for 16 weeks as relief projectionist 1979.nice little cinema, very happy days and nice staff, made me feel welcome, with the b&b opposite it was one of the best holidays ever,still got the prezzie they bought me. happy days

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