Impressive public buildings not only connect people with their history but help to maintain a beautiful and vibrant environment to live in. So, what on earth were they thinking of, when a demolition order was placed on Bridlington’s Grand Pavilion Theatre in 1936?
Built by a Leeds-based contractor in 1906 with a sturdy steelwork body, and officially opened by the Lord Mayor of London to huge local acclaim, it must have still seemed like new when it was torn down. How many people who saw its Phoenix-like construction also witnessed its bewildering destruction?
The reason for its untimely demise? In order to maintain an unspoilt view across the North Bay. Jaw-droppingly sad, as it was replaced by a mere boating lake.
This lovely vintage postcard, from around 1910, shows the Grand Pavilion (viewed from the North Beach) in all its considerable former glory, appearing more like a fairytale castle than an actual theatre. It was just as impressive inside, having an ornate banqueting hall that had to be seen to be believed.
The old Grand Pavilion was situated at the northern end of Royal Prince’s Parade and provided an unforgettable venue for summer shows and local amateur productions, rather like the Spotlight Theatre today. The entire area now, as the modern photographic comparison confirms, has been turned into a seasonal funfair.
By Echo correspondent Aled Jones. Copyright 2020