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Princes (Clacton-on-Sea)

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1931: continuing
  • Current state
  • Current use
  • Address
    Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE, England


Good, brick classical town hall of 1930, incorporating, immediately behind the façe, the Princes Theatre. The town hall’s main entrance vestibule serves as a generous theatre foyer. This is a flat floored multi-purpose venue with bleacher seating and an end balcony. Segmental vaulted ceiling, plaster panelled side walls and tongue-fluted flat balcony front. Proscenium with broad moulded frame and segmental arch. Very limited wing space. Fly tower with 20 sets of counterweights. Cyclorama. Four dressing rooms.

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Rear Elevation of West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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Exterior of West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 2005
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Exterior of the West Cliff Theatre & Centre for the Arts, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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Auditorium of the Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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Exterior of the Town Hall, incorporating the Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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Ceiling at the Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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  • Events
    • 1926 Design/Construction:
      • Sir A Brumwell Thomas - Architect
    • 1931 Use: continuing
    • 1931 Owner/Management: Clacton Urban District Council
    • 1985 Owner/Management: pre Tendring District Council
  • Capacities
    • Later: 1961: 1008
    • Current: 816
  • Listings
    • Grade II - Listed as part of Town Hall
  • Stage type
    • Rake
  • Dimensions
    • Building dimensions: 35.04m x 18.28m x 12.18m high (115ft x 60ft x 40ft)
    • Stage dimensions: Width: 15.54m (51ft)
    • Proscenium width: 9.75m (32ft)
    • Height to grid: 10.97m (36ft)
    • Orchestra pit: 20 Original, sunken, now flat

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