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Description: Grand Theatre
Date Listed: 26 January 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 183661
OS Grid Reference: SD3074936175
OS Grid Coordinates: 330749, 436175
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8172, -3.0533
SD 33 NW BLACKPOOL CHURCH STREET
2/5 Grand Theatre
Theatre, 1894, by Frank Matcham. Stone corner-entrance block of 3 storeys
in flamboyant free Baroque, with drum and dome: 3-sided canted facade with
round-arched entrances at ground floor; upper storeys have giant pilasters
flanking windows which are paired at each side with bullseye above,
Venetian in the centre; attic storey of scrolled gables with finials each
side; stone drum with paired classical pilasters and domed roof of copper
fish-scale tiles, surmounted by cupola, rises through the centre.
Interior: auditorium of 3 balconies, cantilevered and double-curved;
semicircular proscenium arch flanked by corbelled curved boxes under
semicircular arches, richly crested with pediments and putti; oval ceiling.
Fibrous plaster decoration in very ornate Baroque style, gilded and painted:
fronts of boxes freely ornamented with cherubs, putti, swags, etc., and
painted panels. Pendentives each side of proscenium arch have large oval
panels with paintings of muses. Ceiling carries 2 heavily-moulded circular
bosses supporting chandeliers, surrounded by 6 large panels painted with
portrait medallions, nymphs, putti, garlands, etc.; all enclosed by coved
cornice. Dress circle level has ironwork staircase head, and wood-
panelled bar with stained glass windows. The whole building, ingeniously
providing much accommodation on a small site, was completed in 7 months
from December 1893 to July 1894.
Listing NGR: SD3074936175
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Source: English Heritage
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