Grand Theater, Blackpool

Grand Theater, Blackpool (must see)

The Grand Theater was designed by Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham and was opened in 1894 after a construction period of seven months. The project was conceived and financed by local theatre manager Thomas Sergenson who had been using the site of the Grand for several years to stage a circus. He had also transformed the fortunes of other local theaters. The theater saw its centenary in 1994 and a restoration project was begun in the 1990s that was completed in 2007 after fifteen years of work. In 2006, the Grand was named the United Kingdom's National Theater of Variety.

The Friends of the Grand supports the Grand Theater and its programme of events. Formed in 1973 to save the building from demolition, the first Friends were literally ‘hands-on’. They painted the dressing rooms, repaired holes to the ceiling and helped to get the theater into shape. The role of the Friends of the Grand has changed over the years. They now raise funds from subscriptions and social events to finance projects within the theater. The Friends are also the founding angel of the National Theater of Variety.
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Grand Theater on Map

Sight Name: Grand Theater
Sight Location: Blackpool, England (See walking tours in Blackpool)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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