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OLD THEATRES magazine --- Edition 4 IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A RE-PRINT. STILL WONDERFUL VALUE at just £8.00 (includes UK postage and packing)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Edition 4 of OLD THEATRES magazine presented a real trip down memory lane, as more and more readers readers joined in with their reminiscences. It
had already become a cherished publication on Britain’s theatres—past and present, with information from historians and artistes !
Our ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Plymouth Palace continued to draw attention as it continued to fade away. We were able to show exclusive pictures of when it was a lively variety theatre. Our wonderful cover page, showed the auditorium in all its glory in full colour. A special article charted the history of this wonderful building with views around the auditorium and back stage.
Another ‘in depth’ article showed the continuing restoration of a great Frank Matcham theatre, the fabulous Kings Theatre at Southsea, which is looking better than it has done for years, as a result of efforts by teams of volunteers. They have certainly turned the tables on the once expressed view that “demolition was the only option”. No more ! The Kings just glows with gilt and plush. You will be impressed by the many illustrations we have obtained, and the full report on its history and hopes for the future.
There is also a report on an editorial trip to the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier where the long running Seaside Special show continues to break records. And, of course, we were welcomed behind the scenes during rehearsals--so not only were we able to soak up the atmosphere of the building, we were also able to enjoy the performance. The story of the Pavilion Theatre is quite amazing; and we are sure it has resulted in many of our readers heading for the pier in high summer to join in the fun of a true variety spectacular.
We were dismayed that a great Midlands variety theatre, DUDLEY HIPPODROME, had closed its doors. It was one of the last theatres to be built before the War, and was last used for bingo. We showed you how it was during its show biz days, and International Comedy Entertainer, Kenny Cantor, joined us to tell about his days there. He arrived for a four week show, but stayed at the Hippodrome for a year presenting fast moving revues.
Another special article with many contributions from readers, recalled the wonderful days of variety at London’s much missed Metropolitan Theatre, right up to its final performance in 1963 and subsequent demolition for a road improvement scheme. Some were turned away for the last show, and the disused gallery had to be hurriedly re-opened. We showed pictures of how it was and of the building’s final fate.
One of our correspondents, Brian O’Gorman, son of Joe O’Gorman (who played variety theatres all over the country) remarked on the costumes worn by artistes which gave them immediate identification to their audiences; with illustrations of Alma Cogan (the girl with the giggle in her voice), and the unforgettable Max Miller instantly recognisable by his flowery suit and white trilby hat.
There was more news on the plight of DERBY HIPPODROME, which is still open to the sky, but support for its future was continuing to grow. We also showed more excellent colour photographs of the THEATRE ROYAL, HYDE.
All of us at OLD THEATRES magazine sent our warmest wishes to you, and look forward to hearing from you in support, so that Britain’s wonderful halls of entertainment can go forward to serve future generations of theatregoers.
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All of us at OLD THEATRES magazine sent our warmest wishes to you, and look forward to hearing from you in support, so that Britain’s wonderful halls of entertainment can go forward to serve future generations of theatregoers.
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