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London Trocadero

James Ebenezer Saunders, Robert James Worley

alias London Pavilion
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(detail)1859 | opening


James Ebenezer Saunders |main architect
Robert James Worley |main architect


Built 1885 as a variety hall by James Ebenezer Saunders and R. J. Worley at the site of the previous "London Pavilion Music Hall" (1859-1885). 1900 and 1918 interior alterations. From 1923, giant electric billboards were set up on the façade. 1934 demolition and conversion into a cinema by F. M. Chancellor and Cecil Masey. 1986 demolition and conversion into shops and a wax figure museum. Of the theatre building, only the façade remains.

London Pavilion, (i) In Tichborne Street, Westminster. This famous music-hall, attached to the Black Dog public-house, opened on 23 Feb. 1861 and was demolished on 26 March 1885. On 30 Nov. 1885 a new Pavilion, whose facade is still standing, opened in Piccadilly with the separate tables characteristic of the old music-halls. These were abolished a year later, when tip-up seats were installed. The interior was rebuilt in 1900 but the building continued to operate as a music-hall, often with as many as twenty 'turns' on the bill, until 1918, when, under Charles Cochran, it became a theatre housing revue and musical comedy. In 1934 it was converted into a cinema.


In: Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed. The concise Oxford companion to the theatre. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.  ISBN 0-19-281102-9. p. 314



Author: Hartnoll Phyllis

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