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Report - Grand Theatre, Doncaster - December 2011

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Muttley, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Muttley

    Muttley 28DL Regular User
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    Visited on my lonesome.

    This has been a bit of a "holy grail" for me, being local, so when I saw Speed and Dweeb's reports last week I knew I had to move fast in case I missed my window of opportunity. But a mental week at work, woman trouble and a gig I'd bought tickets for all conspired to delay my visit, so I had my fingers firmly crossed as I ventured into town...

    Doncaster's Grand Theatre once stood on Station Road, which led to the train station - quite an important thoroughfare in the town where the Flying Scotsman and The Mallard steam engines were built. You can see the Grand in the centre background of this picture - its the only one of those buildings still standing, all the rest swept away by the 60s/70s in favour of one of those lovely Arndale Centres

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    The theatre is now hemmed in on 3 sides by the shopping centre (whose owners also own the theatre) and on the other side by a dual carriageway, which as Dweeb noted, has actually taken a bit out of Grand.

    I neglected to get any externals on the day (mainly because I wanted to GTFO ASAP as I know the shopping centre security can be pretty keen), so here's a "library" photo (Lomo fisheye)

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    Some history courtesy of the Friends of the Grand Theatre

    and from The Theatres Trust

    The Grand Theatre had a lucky escape in 1942 when a German dropped two bombs on the town centre, one of which flattened a car and motorbike showroom directly opposite the Grand

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    Fast forward to 2011 and the Grand sits neglected and constrained by its surroundings. There is evidence of water causing some damage in the Gallery section, but not too bad so far although some remedial work wouldn't go amiss (or a full scale restoration but I think that might be asking a bit much).

    From the back of the stage
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    Proscenium
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    From the stage
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    The Circle
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    The stage as seen from the Circle
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    Moulding detail
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    The Gallery
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    Fantastic detail on these seats in the Gallery
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    Mouldings above the proscenium
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    Sunbeam
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    Fly tower
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    Old posters from around 100 years ago


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    I hope something can be done to save this beautiful building, but frankly I don't hold out much hope for any investment in the current economic climate.

     

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