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Alexandra (Ilfracombe)

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1970 - 1979: Until when not known.
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Licensed premises
  • Address
    Market Street, Ilfracombe, Devon, England


Opening as the Alexandra Hall, the theatre was built on the hill between Market Street and Avenue Road on more than one level to accommodate the steepness of the slope. The lower part of the building contained the flat-floored Alexandra Theatre. It seated 1,400, presenting drama, concerts, revue and seasonal variety. During the Wars it was used as a Garrison Theatre. In 1965 a fly tower was added, and the stage and dressing rooms improved. In the early 1970s the interior was gutted to accommodate a (roller?) skating rink. The building was later altered and reopened as a nightclub and bar. In 2009-2010 the higher (foyer) level is in use as a sports bar, and the lower (auditorium) level not in use.

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  • Other names
    Alexandra Hall, Garrison Theatre
  • Events
    • 1900 Design/Construction: (architect unknown).
    • 1920 - 1929 Owner/Management: Albany Ward
    • 1965 Alteration: modernised - fly tower added, stage and dressing room facilities improved (architect unknown).
    • 1970 - 1979 Use: Until when not known.
    • 1970 - 1979 Alteration: proscenium and stage dismantled for skating rink (architect unknown).
  • Capacities
    • Original: 1901: 1000
    • Later: 1945: 1000 1972: 782
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Pros flat until mid 1970s
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 1972: 7.92 plus forestage 1972 Width Combined: 10.29 upstage, 10.26 downstage
    • Proscenium width: 1953: 33ft 1972: 8.53m
    • Height to grid: 5.49m
    • Orchestra pit: None

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