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Eastern Esplanade Pavilion Theatre, Ryde

Eastern Esplanade Pavilion, Ryde
Early postcard of the Eastern Esplanade Pavilion, Ryde

The Eastern Esplanade Pavilion Theatre at Ryde was constructed in 1926/7 for Ryde Town Council at an estimated cost of £10,000 (iwcp - circa £620,000 in 2019) to seat 1000 people with refreshment rooms etc. There was a promenade balcony around the roof. It opened 3 June 1927

It is of ornate cast-iron construction in a Chinese style by Walter MacFarlane of Glasgow, it used the same moulds, and has the same exterior appearance as the Winter Gardens Pavilion in Rothesay, Isle of Bute (2020 - the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre).
Ryde Pavilion 2020
Ryde Pavilion 2020

In 1991 it was proposed to demolish the Pavilion and redevelop the site. Following local opposition, the interior was converted into a bowing alley and night club; at the same time the exterior was restored.
Opening of pavilion
IWCP 28 May 1927 - Pavilion opening advert

See also: Ryde  -  Theatres

(By Admin: last updated - 25 Oct 2020)

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