Cliffs Pavilion

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Cliffs Pavilion
Cliffs Pavilion, 2008
AddressStation Rd
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7RA
OwnerSouthend Borough Council
(operated by HQ Theatres & Hospitality)
Renovated1992, 2010
Venue Website
Statue at Cliffs Pavilion

Cliffs Pavilion is a theatre and concert venue on Station Road in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, a town within the city of Southend-on-Sea. It seats 1,630 and offers an assortment of variety acts.


Work began on the original Cliffs Pavilion during the 1930s. It was intended to be a 500-seat theatre incorporating the art deco style of the times. With the outbreak of World War II, however, the building work halted. The site remained boarded-up until 1959, when the original building was leveled. It was then moved to one side and slightly closer to the edge of the cliff to form the basis of the present Cliffs Pavilion, which opened in 1964.


From July 1991 to December 1992, the building was closed to be re-developed and enlarged, with the funding of Southend Borough Council and designed by Tim Foster Architects. The stairs were rebuilt, a new Foyer Bar added and a balcony added to the auditorium. Since re-opening, annual audience figures increased from about 200,000 to about 340,000.


On 19 July 1991, Paul McCartney performed one of his six "secret" shows at the Pavilion during his 1991 Unplugged Summer Tour.[1]

The Oasis concert film Live By The Sea was fimed at the Cliffs Pavilion on 17 April 1995.[2]

The track "Beetlebum" from Blur's Live 2009 CD (given away free with The Sunday Times) was recorded at the Cliff's Pavillion.[3]


  1. ^ "Paul McCartney concert at Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff-on-Sea on Jul 19, 1991". The Paul McCartney project. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Live By The Sea". Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Blur - Live 2009 - CD promo". Retrieved 22 July 2022.

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Coordinates: 51°32′07″N 0°41′49″E / 51.5352°N 0.6969°E / 51.5352; 0.6969