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The Cavalry or Garrison Theatre, Barrack Road and Wellington Avenue, Aldershot

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The Cavalry Theatre was built in 1890 and demolished in 1960. This 500 seat Theatre was located just inside the Cavalry Barracks site between Barrack Road and Wellington Avenue. The Theatre was almost on the site now occupied by the Princes Hall.

The Stage May 25th 1916A visitor to the site, Warren Poole, says:- 'In researching my family history, in The Stage and The Era, I discovered that a relation, Thomas Henry Poole, was entertainment manager of the Cavalry Theatre, Aldershot, during WWI. I have found an article in the May 25, 1916 Stage (shown right) announcing his appointment, as well as a handful of advertisements he placed looking for acts to perform at the Theatre. By the time of his appointment, Thomas Henry Poole had been a performer for many years, beginning in the 1880's with the "Poole's Minstrels", a family act with his parents and siblings. He was the son of Richard Edward Poole, who was one of four brothers who performed as acrobats, beginning in 1871. Thomas Henry had siblings, in-laws, and cousins who performed in Music Halls until at least the 1930's.' - Warren Poole.

The Theatre was used as a live Theatre until about 1918, when the main usage was as a cinema, and for amateur performances. During the war, under the direction of ENSA some live shows were again staged here. The manager during the ENSA years was the much loved and respected Pop Wray, who at one time had been general manager to Sir George Dance.

Percy Honri the well known variety Artiste's parents played here in April 1890 as the Thompson Trio before His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, who approved of their act by saying: "Very Good, Very Good indeed." ( The Hants & Surrey Times ) on the strength of which they became, The ROYAL Thompson Trio.

Much of the textual information on this page was kindly sent in by Alan Chudley.

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