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Theatres in Worthing, West Sussex

The Connaught Theatre / The Pavilion Theatre

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The Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Formerly - The Picturedrome

A Google StreetView Image of the Connaught Theatre, Worthing in April 2021 - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image of the Connaught Theatre, Worthing in April 2021 - Click to Interact.

The Connaught Theatre is situated on Union Place, Worthing and was built on the site of a former large private residence called Stanmer Lodge which was situated on the corner of Union Place and Chapel Road. The Theatre was designed by the architect Peter Dulvey Stonham and originally opened as the Picturedrome Cinema on Wednesday the 29th of July 1914 with seating for 860 people on one level.

The interior of the Picturedrome, Wothing - From the Kinematograph Weekly, 6th of August 1914.The Kinematograph Weekly reported briefly on the new Theatre, along with the image shown right, in their 6th of August 1914 edition saying:- 'A handsome new Kinema theatre, the Picturedrome, was opened last week in Chapel Road, Worthing, by the Mayor of that town.

Right - The interior of the Picturedrome, Wothing - From the Kinematograph Weekly, 6th of August 1914.

The proprietors are the Picturedrome (Worthing), Ltd., who may certainly be said to have established in this fashionable watering place a hall worthy of its traditions. It is sumptuously fitted throughout, and contains 950 seats at prices ranging from 1s. to 3d. There are also four 5s boxes. All the seating accommodation was installed by Messrs. Wilson, Rae, Pixton, & Co. Two Motiograph machines have been put in by the Bioscope Film and Supply Co., of Lisle Street, W., under the supervision of Mr. E. E. Facey, while the floral decorative scheme was devised by Mr. F. W. Thearle, of the same firm. Mr. C. W. Woolgar is the manager of the new Picturedrome, and Mr. Walker attends to the operating department.' - The Kinematograph Weekly, 6th of August 1914.

In 1916 a new building was constructed next door the Picturedrome, called the Connaught Building, this included a Concert Hall called the Connaught Hall, sometimes used for Music Hall events, and in 1931 this was granted a theatrical licence and renamed the Connaught Theatre, a new home for the local repertory players who had previously been performing at the Worthing Pavilion.

In May 1933 the Picturedrome was closed for two months whilst it was given an Art Deco style refurbishment to the designs of the architect A. T. Goldsmith who also added a stage house, flies, and dressing rooms to the former Cinema, making it usable for live theatre shows. It reopened, still with the Picturedrome name, on Monday the 31st of July 1933. The new Theatre had a proscenium opening of 35 feet wide by 20 feet high, and a stage with a 20 foot depth.

In 1935 a new entrance foyer was added to the Theatre with a new bar above it and it reopened as a replacement for the old Connaught Theatre next door on the 30th of September 1935 as Worthing's new home for drama. The new Connaught Theatre was operated by Worthing Council.

A Google StreetView Image of the Connaught Theatre and Connaught Studio in April 2021 - Click to Interact.In 1987 Films began to be screened at the Theatre again, and a second screen, originally called the Ritz Cinema, was added in the old Connault Hall next door and to the right of the Theatre's main entrance. Today this is called the Connaught Studio.

Left - A Google StreetView Image of the Connaught Theatre and Connaught Studio in April 2021 - Click to Interact.

The Connaught Theatre today has a capacity of just over 500 and is used for all manor of live events, film screenings, and West End transfers and touring productions.

You may like to visit the Theatre's own Website here.

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The Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

A Google StreetView Image of the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing in August 2021 - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image of the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing in August 2021 - Click to Interact.

A Postcard celebrating the opening of the Worthing Pavilion in 1926.The Pavilion Theatre is situated on Marine Parade in Worthing at the entrance to Worthing Pier, it opened on the 25th of June 1926 and replaced the earlier Pier Pavilion which was originally situated a quarter of a mile along the pier.

Right - A Postcard celebrating the opening of the Worthing Pavilion in 1926.

The new Pavilion was designed by the architects Adshead and Ramsey as a home for musical concerts, musical theatre, and plays. Originally it was also home to the local repertory theatre group before they moved to the nearby Connaught Theatre in 1931.

By the late 1920s the Pavilion became home to spectacular summer shows which were extremely popular and by 1932 most of the entertainment at the Theatre consisted of variety shows and musical concerts. It was closed at the outbreak of the Second World War but reopened in 1942 as a Garrison Theatre.

In 1979 the Pavilion was closed for major refurbishment, not reopening again until 1982 when it became officially known as the Pavilion Theatre, which still provides a varied mix of Theatre and Music Events to this day.

You may like to visit the Pavilion Theatre's own Website here.

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