Royal Victoria Hall Theatre

137 London Road,
Southborough, TN4 0ND

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Royal Victoria Hall Theatre

Located in Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The Royal Victoria Hall Theatre was the first municipally-owned live theatre in the country, and was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was built in 1900 and designed as a chapel-like building by architect William Harmer. It had a decorative cast iron canopy, which was removed in a modernisation programme in the late-1970’s. Seating inside the auditorium is provided for 178 in stalls and 90 in the circle. The stage is 25 feet deep.

The Royal Victoria Hall Theatre was used a silent cinema in the 1920’s. It then reverted back to live theatre use. In 2013, the local council earmarked the building for redevelopment. It was closed on 5th January 2015 and demolished in 2017.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on October 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

A photo from 1989 here


AndreasP on September 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

According to : “The theatre closed on 5th January 2015 and demolition began in 2017. There are plans to replace the venue with a community hub.”

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