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Gaiety Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
Harris Promenade
Douglas UK

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Record #5663  
 Opened: 1883
Capacity: 1327 seats
Architect(s): William J Rennison; Frank Matcham
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Marina, Pavilion, Gaiety Theatre and Opera House

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

First constructed as an exhibition hall named the Marina in 1883, the architect was William J. Rennison. It was later transformed into the Pavilion Theatre which was such a success that famed theatre architect Frank Matcham was employed to re-design the theatre into a spectacular Victorian playhouse.

Occasional film shows were held from the early days in the beginning of the Century, but it wasn't until the decline of holidaymakers in the war years (1939-44) that it became used more extensively as a cinema, becoming a full time cinema between 1956-1959. Reverting back to live entertainment, it received a meticulous restoration from 1990.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

August 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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