OLD THEATRES magazine --- Edition 2 IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A RE-PRINT. STILL WONDERFUL VALUE at just £8.00 (includes UK postage and packing)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Edition 2 of OLD THEATRES magazine featured an amazing colour cover illustration of the beautifully restored Harrogate Royal Hall which must have lifted the hearts of all theatregoers. But there were two another stories that would be equally appealing to readers. Again in full colour we ran a history of the famous City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds with wonderful illustrations of the auditorium and backstage, while announcing the news that the venue was to undergo a £9m restoration. We also showed an illustration of an edition of The Good Old Days with Chairman Leonard Sachs welcoming the one and only Danny La Rue. And we called back another worthy Chairman, Johnny Dennis to tell us what it was like introducing the artists and ‘ad-libbing’ when there were hold ups on stage. Another poignant photograph showed the old hall being stripped of its fittings prior to the beginning of its restoration.
We also travelled to the Isle of Man to record the outstanding work achieved at the Frank Matcham Gaiety Theatre seen in all its glory. We were also able to record its below stage machinery, still intact and in working order.
Another major article depicted work going on to save Hyde Theatre Royal as a ‘live’ theatre, again with excellent views of its interior, plus some back stage moments. The theatre is certainly a ‘lady in waiting’. Geoff Lord presented his first article about Nelson Palace which had already suffered the indignity of having its street façade demolished, and poignantly he was able to described what the theatre meant to him during its golden years.
When some theatres became involved in the Hollywood Film Ban of 1947-1948 gave readers a different angle on how many halls of entertainment were converted into to cinemas and how it was resolved, and we forecast rough times ahead for Colwyn Bay Pier Pavilion which is now closed to visitors.
Joining us on our Profile page was Britain’s first lady of the trumpet, Joan Hinde who recalled her variety touring days in great detail, adding that her first stage show was at Chesterfield Hippodrome at the age of just 14. She was on the bill with Albert and Les Ward. And thanks to another of our readers were able to publish a rare photograph (complete with audience) of the interior of Norwich Hippodrome shortly after the building had opened. The illustration was found amongst papers in the manager’s desk!
An unusual article by Sally McGrath drew our attention to theatres built by private enterprise, involving industry and educational establishments, many of which still exist today. The edition ended with details of the final show at Shrewsbury Music Hall with the whole audience applauding and stamping their feet at the finale. But the good news was a replacement new theatre for the town was nearing completion.
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