Lyceum Theatre

21 Carr Street,
Ipswich, IP4 1HA

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Lyceum Theatre

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Located in Ipswich, Suffolk. The Lyceum Theatre was opened in 1891 and was designed by noted theatre architect Walter Emdenc. It began as a drama theatre but went over to variety and during this time, it began to screen films as part of the variety shows. By 1910 films were more prominent on the programme.

It was taken over by the Bostock ciruit after the end of World War I, and it became a full time cinema.

By 1930, under new ownership it went back to live theatre use. The Lyceum Theatre was closed around 1934-1935, and in 1936 it was converted into a department store.

This use continued until the late-1980’s when the building was demolished and the Carr Street Shopping Precinct was built on that side of the street. The location of the former Lyceum Theatre is approximately where Peacocks store is operating today.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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