Floral Pavilion Theatre
External shot from Marine Promenade
|Architect||Ken Martin, Liverpool|
The Floral Pavilion is a theatre in the seaside town of New Brighton, on the Wirral Peninsula in England. Situated on the promenade overlooking the River Mersey, it presents a mix of comedy, music and children's shows including a Christmas pantomime.
The original theatre opened in 1913 as an open-air summer theatre within the Victoria Gardens. In 1925 it was covered by an iron and glass roof and during the mid-1960s it was largely rebuilt, with a full metal roof.
The theatre closed in 2007 and was demolished as part of the town's £60 million Neptune Project redevelopment plans. The building was rebuilt to a new design and reopened in December 2008. The first act to perform at the venue after reopening was Ken Dodd, who has had a long association with the Floral Pavilion, making his first appearance in 1940. As well as an enlarged theatre auditorium, seating over 800, the complex also provides for conference facilities and a large multi-purpose lounge area.
- History: A Celebration of the Floral Pavilion Theatre, Floral Pavilion Theatre, retrieved 9 February 2009
- Floral Pavilion Theatre, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 9 February 2009
- Dodd first to perform at theatre, BBC News, 13 December 2008, retrieved 9 February 2009
- Ken Dodd raises the roof as curtain goes up at new Floral Pavilion Theatre, Wirral News, 17 December 2008, retrieved 9 February 2009
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