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The Mechanics Music Hall, Grimston Street, Hull

Also known as - Ringhams Music Hall / The Canterbury Music Hall / The Alexandra Theatre / The Star Music Hall / The New Mechanics Theatre / The Empire Theatre of Varieties / The Bijou

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Part of a poster for Arthur Lloyd at the Mechanics Hall, Hull, subtitled The People's Palace of Varieties - Courtesy Stephanie Lock.The Mechanics Music hall was situated in Grimston Street, Hull and was originally built in 1840 as a Lecture Hall with affiliation to the Mechanics' Institute. In 1867 the building was converted to a Theatre and Music hall with a capacity of around 1,500 and renamed The Mechanics Music Hall.

Arthur Lloyd is known to have performed here in 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1889. Leotard Bosco was manager of the Hall when Arthur Lloyd played there in June 1889. A few months earlier, on the 16th of April the same year, Charles Chaplin Senior was playing the Hall, by then known as the Empire Place, on the night his son, the now famous Charlie Chaplin, was born.

Right - Part of a poster for Arthur Lloyd at the Mechanics Hall, Hull, subtitled The People's Palace of Varieties - Courtesy Stephanie Lock.

The building went though a variety of name changes over the years including Ringhams Music Hall in 1868, The Canterbury Music Hall in 1868, The Alexandra Theatre in 1869, The Star Music Hall in 1878, the New Mechanics Theatre in 1885, and The Empire Palace in 1889. In 1890 it was renamed The Empire Theatre of Varieties but became The Bijou in 1909.

The Hall was closed and demolished in 1913 because of the state of dereliction the building had got into. The site was then used for the building of a boxing arena.

Several press cuttings relating to Arthur Lloyd and his Company performing at the Mechanics Music Hall can be seen below.

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Below are several press cuttings concerning the Mechanics' Hall, Hull, related to Arthur Lloyd and his Company - kindly supplied by Peter Burgess.

The Mechanics 1875. H. Burton. General Manager J.H.Wood. Monday 4 January.

Lt. Fred Charles. Instrumentalist, Vocalist and Author from Arthur Lloyd's Company. Brown and Harold. Vocalists and Dancers. Harry Dale, Comedian and Vocalist (Shown Below Left). John and Maggie Fieldings. Irish Domestics. Tom Gordon. Comic Vocalist. Fred Merson. Provincial Comique. Rose Vincent. Serio-comique and Vocalist. Frank Wright and Ada Rose. Duettists. The Artic Regions a series of 18ft x 20ft pictures presented by Stuart H.Bell. Fri 8 Jan. Benefit for Harry Dale (Shown Below Left. Notice. It having come to the knowledge of the proprietor's that some person is saying that the lease will expire shortly. He is obliged to say that this is not true and we are not closing.

A photograph of Harry Dale - Courtesy Chris Lawson.The Mechanics, Monday 11 January.

Lt. Fred Charles. Instrumentalist, Vocalist and Author, from Arthur Lloyd's Company. Harry Dale, Comedian and Vocalist (Shown Left). Professor Grant. Ventriloquist and Siffleur. Marie Leslie. Serio-comique and Vocalist. Fred Merson. Provincial Comique. Singleton Phillips. Baritone. Flora Plimsoll, Vocalist. Alex Staunton. Irish Delineator. Frank Wright and Ada Rose. Duettists. Fri 15 Jan. Benefit for Frank Wright and Ada Rose.

Left - A photograph of Harry Dale who is mentioned in several of these press cuttings - Courtesy Chris Lawson whose Grandmother, Vera Maude Dale, was Harry Dale's sister.

The Mechanics, Monday 3 June 1878.

Arthur Lloyd For Goodness Sake don't Say I Told You So. At it Again. The Parson's Nose. What's Everything Made Off? The Gallant 93rd. Unfortunate Man. Never Mind Me. Silly Billy. Agnes Bernard. Serio-comique. Will Brown and T. H. Brydge. Negro Comedians. Lloyd Clarance and Kate Hollingsworth. R. Edgar. The Four Leopolds. Electric Acrobats and Hat Spinners. Ada Lundberg. Comedienne. Fri 7 June. Benefit for Brown and Brydge.

Monday 24 May 1880. The Mechanics.

Arthur Lloyd and Company. Comedians, Vocalists and Dancers. Dr. Cavendish, travelling with Arthur Lloyd's Company. Conjuror. Charles Godfrey. Descriptive Vocalist. Messrs Carroll and Son. Negro Comedians. Mr.W. E. Royal. Comedian and Dancer. The Ashleys. Comic Duettists and Dancers. Miss Alice Liston. Serio-comique and vocalist. Miss Fanny Rosebud. Character Vocalist and Skipping Rope Dancer. Madame Zulema. French Trapeze Artiste. Friday 28 May. Benefit for Charles Godfrey.

Monday 11 June 1889. The Mechanics.

Arthur Lloyd. Lion Comique. Eastern Morning News 12/06/89. The patrons of this place should esteem Mr. Bosco for one thing-his engagement of that genuine comedian Mr. Arthur Lloyd. It is not some years since Mr. Lloyd competed-and successfully competed-with lion-comiques, like the late Leybourne and the late Vance, but then Arthur Lloyd had youth on his side. His fame was acquired very early in life; hence it is that, vigorous as ever, more experienced than of your and with talents fully developed, he can show to music hall habitués a performance which hits the happy medium between the somewhat slow characterization of twenty years ago and the probable to fast fashion of present day performers. Mr. Lloyd last evening was in good form. The other artistes engaged by the lessee are of more than average ability and altogether no one will be disposed to doubt Mr. Bosco's successful strivings to provide a pleasant Whitsuntide bill of fare.

Press cuttings concerning the Mechanics' Hall kindly supplied by Peter Burgess.

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