Morecambe theatre’s glorious past [U.K]

Morecambe’s grand Winter Gardens theatre once held 3,500 people and hosted Laurel and Hardy and Sir Edward Elgar – but has been closed for 35 years and is on a list of “theatres at risk”.

The theatre was built in 1897 at the height of the British seaside boom, but became a victim of the rise of television and foreign holidays and closed in 1977.

It is now probably the last remaining hall of its kind in the UK, according to the Theatres Trust, who have included it on their latest Theatres At Risk register.

Campaigners bought the theatre in 2006 but an application for £12.8m of funding was unsuccessful in 2009. They now host occasional events in an attempt to raise the money to patch it up and slowly restore it to its former glory.

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One Comment

  1. William

    I saw it in 1996 from the outside and was mightily impressed and it was long closed then. “The Entertainer” with Lawrence Olivier was filmed in 1960 in Morcombe and includes the Winter Garden. Morcombe has lost a wonderful amusement park called Frontierland as well as an especially large railway station behind the Winter Garden and near the former fun park from the days when thousands of people would arrive for a week long holiday.

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