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Savoy (Kettering)

  • Theatre ID
    467
  • Built / Converted
    1938
  • Dates of use
    • 1938 - 1968: (theatre and cinema)
  • Current state
    Extant
  • Current use
    Dark (derelict - demolition consent granted in 2002; cinema and bingo until 1997)
  • Address
    Russell Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England

Details

The Savoy was built on the site of the Avenue Theatre (Coliseum) of 1903, which burnt down in 1937. It was a cinema with a fly tower and full stage facilities, including traps. Live shows ended in the 1960s. In 1968 the circle was separated to become the Studio cinema, the stalls becoming a full-time bingo house. In 1973 the circle cinema was twinned. The building stood empty and vandalised after 1997, and at the time of writing demolition seemed imminent. The exterior was of brick. The entrance front had a full width canopy with a band of glazing above. The interior was cinematic with a rectangular proscenium and splayed ante-proscenium with ornamental grilles. The side walls had large painted panels (subjects not apparent from photographs). A single, slightly curved balcony spanned the auditorium.


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  • Other names
    Avenue, Coliseum, New Coliseum, Savoy, Studio (cinema in circle), Studios One & Two, Ohio
  • Events
    • Owner/Management: later: Hamblin Leisure Services
    • 1903 Design/Construction: Avenue Theatre
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1932 Alteration: remodelled with new projection room
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1938 Owner/Management: Jack Sherwood
    • 1938 - 1968 Use: (theatre and cinema)
    • 1938 Alteration: rebuilt as Savoy (after 1937 fire)
      • C Edmund Wilford - Architect
    • 1947 Owner/Management: by Clifton Cinemas Ltd, proprietors
    • 1961 Owner/Management: Star circuit (Walter Ekhart)
    • 1968 Alteration: stalls and circle separated for bingo and cinema
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1970 - 1979 Owner/Management: EMI
    • 1973 Alteration: cinema in circle twinned
      • Unknown - Architect
  • Capacities
    • Later: 1946: 1131 stalls 630; pit 144; d circle 180; u circle 177 1990: 160 & 140
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Raked
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: d: 23ft
    • Proscenium width: 42ft
    • Height to grid: 60ft (flies 30ft; 20 sets)
    • Orchestra pit: Original, for 15 7 dressing rooms

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