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The Olympus Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.86 / 51°51'36"N

Longitude: -2.236 / 2°14'9"W

OS Eastings: 383840

OS Northings: 217962

OS Grid: SO838179

Mapcode National: GBR 1L5.CH3

Mapcode Global: VH94C.6H7Z

Plus Code: 9C3VVQ67+2H

Entry Name: The Olympus Theatre

Listing Date: 9 October 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1389103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 486586

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1

County: Gloucestershire

District: Gloucester

Town: Gloucester

Electoral Ward/Division: Barton and Tredworth

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: St James and All Saints, Gloucester

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

844-1/15/10002 (Southwest side)
09-OCT-00 162
The Olympus Theatre


Former Picturedrome cinema, now theatre. 1922-3 for E C J Palmer. Red brick on steel frame, the front block rendered. Roofs not seen. Frontage building with offices and foyer, and to rear a double-height auditorium with one balcony. Stage enlarged 1986 for the Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society, who have converted the adjoining shops into a bar, studio theatre and green room, none of which are of special interest.

Almost symmetrical facade of five bays, that to the right canted on the corner and retaining shop front under plaster swags. Giant pilasters divide the bays, and continue along side elevation of this front range. Upper storey has square leaded windows in plaster surrounds. Broad central bay has canopy supported on iron brackets, obscuring canted opening and sheltering two pairs of double doors which have been brought forward to create a small vestibule where tickets are now sold. Above a plain central block, originally containing the projection suite, carries a modern vertical sign.

Inside, tall, square inner foyer with decorated plaster ceiling surrounded by modillion cornice. Rectangular leaded casement windows to sides and giving borrowed light to circle foyer behind. Stairs on either side lead to circle. Auditorium retains exceptionally rich plasterwork to walls, ceiling and balcony front, although it has been truncated: a passage has been inserted at the back of the stalls, and a new proscenium has been inserted forward of the original, to create a suitable stage for opera and drama. Central circular ceiling rose with rich plaster decoration, with modillion cornice and giant pilasters. Plaster panels between these. Curved balcony front with shields and swags.

The Picturedrome was opened on 15 January 1923. It was remodelled and reopened as the Ritz in 1955, and was taken over by the Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society in 1986. Its rich plasterwork and intimate scale make it ideally suited to its present use, which has preserved most of its important features.

Listing NGR: SO8384017962

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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