Beach Ballroom

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Beach Ballroom
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Front of the Beach Ballroom
LocationBeach Promenade, Aberdeen, Scotland
OwnerAberdeen City Council
OperatorAberdeen City Council
TypeMulti-purpose venue
Genre(s)Concerts, sporting events, dinner dances, weddings, conferences, corporate events, weddings
Capacity1,000 (Main Ballroom)
150 (Star Ballroom)
100 (Northern Lights Room)
50 (Promenade Room)
Construction
Opened3 May 1929 (1929-05-03)
Renovated1970s
Expanded1963
Construction cost£50,000
ArchitectThomas Roberts and Hume
Website
Beach Ballroom Website
Listed Building – Category B
Official nameThe Esplanade, Beach Ballroom
Designated12 January 1967
Reference no.LB20314

The Beach Ballroom is an art deco building on the beach boulevard of Aberdeen, Scotland.[1] It is home to one of Scotland's finest dance floors – famous for its bounce – which floats on fixed steel springs. It was built in 1926, and is a Category B listed building.[2]

It regularly plays host to music and dance events, conferences, weddings and British Masters Boxing bouts.

Famous acts to appear at the Beach Ballroom include The Beatles, The Small Faces, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Joe Loss, Ken Mackintosh and more recently The Ordinary Boys. It is made from granite.

The Beach Ballroom is owned and operated by Aberdeen City Council.[3] The Beach Ballroom is also the site of a webcam that faces South, along the beach towards Footdee.[4] The Ballroom is connected to the more modern Beach Leisure Centre via an indoor walkway.

The main dance hall is octagonal and originally had a domed ceiling, though this has since been covered over with a suspended ceiling. The smaller Star Ballroom extension was opened in June 1963.[5]


The Ballroom underwent a refurbishment from 2008 to April 2010.[6][7]

Looking up the beachfront to the Beach Ballroom

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beach Master Plan Report Appendix B: Beach Ballroom" (PDF). Aberdeen City Council. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "The Esplanade, Beach Ballroom (Category B Listed Building) (LB20314)". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ Hebditch, Jon. "'Sad day' as Aberdeen City Council looks at new operators to run legendary Beach Ballroom". Press and Journal. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Aberdeen Beach Webcam". Aberdeen Webcams. Aberdeen City Council. 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Aberdeenshire Council Historic Environment Record - Aberdeen City - NJ90NE0173 - BEACH BALLROOM". online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Beach Ballroom". Brintons Carpets. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Brintons recreates art deco design for ballroom". Kidderminster Shuttle. Retrieved 31 March 2022.

Coordinates: 57°09′19″N 2°04′47″W / 57.1553°N 2.0798°W / 57.1553; -2.0798