The Queens Hall Minehead

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Queen's Hall

The Queen's Hall in Minehead, Somerset, England was built in 1914 on the sea front of Minehead as a theatre for films and live performances.

It was designed by W.J. Tamlyn a local architect and built of brick with Bath Stone dressings by J.B. & S.B.Marley. The first show was Oh I Say which had previously been at the Criterion Theatre in London.[1]

The brick building of three bays with an decorated fascia an iron and glass canopy.[2] The auditorium, which is 100 feet (30 m) by 46 feet (14 m), has a barrel roof with an elliptical proscenium arch with ornamental cartouche.[2] Orchestra stalls and the balcony provided the majority of the seating and there were two boxes.[3] It was a venue for various ballet and theatrical touring companies and was the first place in the town at which a sound film was shown.[4] In 1930 a Western Electric sound system was installed.[3]

The theatre and cinema closed in 1939 with the outbreak of World War II, with the building being used as a canteen for troops.[3] The building suffered major damage in the storms of 1996 with the glass canopy over the entrance being destroyed and flood damage to the hall.[2] The building was restored for use as an amusement arcade and then a public house, at one time called the Mambo bar.[3] It currently operates under its original name, "The Queen's Hall," as a pub. The pub closed in 2015. The lease was sold in 2012 for an undisclosed sum. It incorporated uppwer and lower ground floors with the balcony set up as a VIP area. There were also a kitchen and washing up area with a managers flat above.[5] It was refurbished and reopened in 2016.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological History of Minehead". Ninehead Online. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Queen's Hall (Minehead)". Theatre Trust. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Queen's Hall". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  4. ^ "A short history of Minehead". Minehead online. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Queens Hall, Warren Road, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BG" (PDF). Humberts. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Minehead's Queens Hall officially opens". Somerset County Gazette. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 51°12′25″N 3°28′04″W / 51.2069489°N 3.4676845°W / 51.2069489; -3.4676845