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Astoria (Brighton)

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Disused (closed as bingo 1997, demolition consent granted 2011)
  • Address
    Gloucester Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UB, England


Façe faced with white precast stone blocks, with casements and fluted panels bronze green; canopy over entrance. The Astoria was built on modern lines; the original interior colour scheme was gold and rose. Small stage and dressing rooms, fly tower with counterweight system in situ. A Compton 3/8 organ with illuminated console was installed, but this was removed in 1958 to accommodate the Tod-AO screen; the grilles, however, remain. Also in 1958 there were minor alterations when a new projection box was built in the rear of the circle; this replaced the original box on the roof. At the same time the auditorium walls were curtained for the 'luxury' look. The Astoria closed in 1977 for conversion for bingo. This used continued until 1997, when the venue was vacated. Threatened with demolition for residential accommodation it was spot-listed in 2001. Listed Building Consent for demolition was finally granted in September 2011 - the building will be replaced by a media hub, which will contain a cafe and meeting rooms for community use.

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Façade of the former Astoria, Brighton, 2001
© Ian Grundy

Façade of the former Astoria, Brighton, 2001
© Ian Grundy

Façade of the former Astoria, Brighton, 2001
© The Theatres Trust

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  • Other names
    Astoria Bingo
  • Events
    • 1933 Design/Construction:
      • Edward A Stone - Architect
    • 1933 Owner/Management: Astoria (Brighton) Ltd
    • 1977 Owner/Management: Coral; later Gala.
  • Capacities
    • Original: 1823
  • Listings
    • Grade II
  • Stage type
    • Proscenium flat

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