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Report - The Grand Theatre - Doncaster - Nov 2011



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''Third most promising unexplored disused theatre in the UK''.. Thats what i would have told you about this place a week ago. Then again ive never actually had to say that to anyone because no one has ever asked me about the place! Do we not realise these places exist or what?? Id best get amending my list again. I fear i may be scraping the barrel bottom with this cinema lark pretty soon!

The Grand was always going to be top notch, i was most un-disappointed!! The place reminded me of the Burnley Empire in many respects, same style, same 'empty on the face of it' appearance yet harbouring some fucking amazing artefacts for those of us who know how to look. Thankfully structurally its a bit more 'solid' than Burnley, its fairly well looked after and getting inside was both tricky yet, simple and comedy all in one go. Thats about as much as i can say within the rules of the forum!

Not much more to say other than A. i should have taken more photos and B. Look out for "Theatre G" coming to a spongers website near you soon!

Much Love!

thatrestrust said:
A decent and potentially valuable theatre that has been to the brink of the abyss without, as yet, falling over. The Grand, built in 1899, may incorporate parts of the shell of an older (possibly circus) building. As originally built it stood on a prominent site in a shopping street facing the main railway station. Old-fashioned (but comparatively recent) city centre ‘improvements’ have, however, robbed it of any sensible context. It is no longer in a street but on what now looks like the backlot of an inward-looking shopping precinct. It still faces the station but is separated from it by a busy inner ring road which comes so close that it has actually snipped off a lower corner of the stage house. The approach from the station (to the town as well as the theatre) is now by way of a repellent subway. It is a wonder that it has survived at all and it was, in fact, threatened with demolition even after it was listed in 1994. An energetic local campaign eventually led to the reversal of a decision to permit demolition, but the future remains uncertain. There seems to be a desire to strengthen the pedestrian link from the railway station to the town and a public transport interchange may be created at this point, giving opportunities for improving both the public face and the environment of the theatre. The façe, which, with an improved setting, could again become a local landmark, is three-storeyed, Baroque in treatment with a complex rhythm of bays articulated by coupled and single pilasters and groupings of arched windows and doorways. There is a broken segmental pediment over the three central bays. Intimate auditorium. Two well curved balconies with good plasterwork on fronts, the upper gallery benched (some of the least useful seating areas could be colonised to improve front of house facilities). Single pedimented boxes in otherwise plain side walls, flanking a rectangular-framed 7.9m (26ft) proscenium. Provided any replanning of the surroundings allows for the get-in and other needs of the theatre, the Grand could quite readily be restored and reopened and would be infinitely better than the present Civic Theatre. It could serve both amateur and professional drama and musical productions, small scale touring and other activities.

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