Description: Old Theatre
Date Listed: 15 November 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 332834
OS Grid Reference: SE3681293830
OS Grid Coordinates: 436812, 493830
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3387, -1.4353
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NORTHALLERTON HIGH STREET
(west side, off)
7/40 Old Theatre
Theatre, now health spa. c1800 with later alterations. For Butler, Jefferson and
Co. Orange-red-brown brick in English garden wall bond, pantile roof. 2 storeys,
formerly with a cellar; 4 internal bays. West side: two first-floor 24-pane fixed-
light windows with inserted doorway on right and 2 inserted C20 windows on each
floor to left. Dentil eaves. Shaped kneelers, ashlar coping. Later additions
mask much of the east side, which was probably the front, with access from the High
Street. Northallerton was on the same provincial theatre circuit as Richmond, where
the theatre Royal, built by Samuel Butler in 1788, has almost identical dimensions.
The Northallerton theatre almost certainly had the same internal arrangements, of
the stage occupying almost half the volume, and the auditorium having pit, boxes
and gallery, all served by a single entrance with pay-box. The theatre was
discontinued in 1832, and was re-opened as a Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1834.
This continued until a new chapel, off the east side of the High Street, opened
Rev J L Saywell, The History and Annals of Northallerton (1885), pp 143, XV; VCH i,
Listing NGR: SE3681293830
Source: English Heritage
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