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Grand Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Bulk, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.05 / 54°3'0"N

Longitude: -2.7966 / 2°47'47"W

OS Eastings: 347940

OS Northings: 461857

OS Grid: SD479618

Mapcode National: GBR 8PXL.BX

Mapcode Global: WH847.0GKJ

Entry Name: Grand Theatre

Listing Date: 9 July 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195050

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383318

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: Bulk

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Mary with St John and St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/7/284 (South side)
09/07/74 Grand Theatre


Theatre. Opened as 'The Theatre, Lancaster' in 1782. Bought by
Edmund Sharpe, who altered the building and re-opened it as
'The Music Hall' in 1843; extended in 1857; altered and
renamed 'The Athenaeum' in 1884; fly tower added in 1897 as
part of alterations designed by Frank Matcham. Damaged by fire
in 1908; interior rebuilt by Albert Winstanley; re-opened as
'The Grand Theatre' September 1908. Projection box on roof
added in 1931. Rendered sandstone rubble with slate roof.
Main facade, facing north, has chamfered quoins and is of 3
storeys and 4 bays. The windows, which do not correspond with
the present floor levels, have rendered architraves which were
added in 1884. On the ground floor there are 2 similar window
architraves flanking a central round-arched doorway. At the
left is a narrower doorway with a similar arch, and at the
right an architrave to a blocked doorway. Above the eaves is
the added projection box. The south-west side has 7
round-arched window openings (now blocked) with plain stone
surrounds. North-east side, of squared and coursed stone, has
3 round-arched window openings.
INTERIOR: curved gallery front, proscenium arch, and ceiling
have fibrous plaster decoration in a 'Free Renaissance' style.
(Centre for North-West Regional Studies Occasional Papers:
Betjemann, AG: The Grand Theatre, Lancaster: Lancaster:

Listing NGR: SD4794061857

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