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Theatre Royal Workington (Official)
Previously operated by: Graves Cinemas Ltd.
Functions: Live Theatre
Previous Names: Lyceum Theatre
Originally opened in 1866 as the Lyceum Theatre, designed by George J. Smith. By around 1870 it was re-named Theatre Royal. Parts of this structure survive, although much was altered in a 1912 rebuild. It was used as a cinema from the early part of the 20th century. Around 1930 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system and was operated by the Graves Cinemas chain. From around 1945 it was leased to an amateur theatre group - there is a covenant in place preventing them from exhibiting films.
Inside, the original horseshoe balcony and an upper balcony were removed in 1912 and replaced with the present single flat fronted balcony.
- Stage dimensions: Depth: 6.8m Width: 9.3m
- Proscenium width: 6.3m
- Height to grid: 7m
There is an attractive proscenium arch which was also installed in 1912. The theatre is owned and operated by the Workington Playgoers.
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