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Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier
The Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier is located on Cromer Piermarker, Cromermarker, Norfolk.

History

The pier as we know it today was opened in 1901. To celebrate its official opening The Blue Viennese Band played in an open bandstand. In 1905 the bandstand was covered to form an enclosed pavilion and the following season the first ‘concert parties’ were performed. Throughout the 20s and 30s the Cromer Protection Commission toured the South Coast looking at potential shows. In 1936 one of the theatres most famous shows appeared-Ronnie Brandons Out of the Blue.

At the outbreak of World War II the Royal Engineers removed the middle section of the pier and shows ceased for the rest of the war. The devastating gales of 1953 destroyed the pier and the pavilion. Compensation was granted by the Government for the rebuilding of the pier and was ready for the start of the 1955 season.

In 1978 changes were made to the theatre and at the same time a partnership with Irish Impresario Richard Condon. From this partnership the popular Seaside Special was created which won the National Piers Society Pier of the Year Award 2000. The pier was once again severely damaged in November 1993 by a break away rig barge. In 2001 a new partnership was formed between North Norfolk District Council and Openwide International to extend the season and increase economic growth for the pier and the town. By 2004 the theatre was redeveloped to include; increasing the capacity to 510, adding a restaurant named Tides, a new shop Footprints and a new extended bar. In 2005 Christmas Seaside Special was introduced and proved popular.

There has been Christmas and Summer shows for the last 20 odd years.

Today

The theatre produces a wide range of entertainment and in 2007 included acts such as the The Manfreds and comedian Phil Cool.

Acts lined up for the 2008 season include Kenny Ball and The Fortunes.

Seaside Special 2008 saw the return of Peter Piper who featured in the previous year's production .The Christmas Seaside Special 2008 starred Johnny Laff and Mark Worgan with a special guest appearance by Norfolk's own Keith Loads. Supported by the Broadland Youth Choir.

It was announced that the Seaside Special 2009 was going to star Simmons and Simmons along with Andy Eastwood who starred in Christmas Seaside special in 2007 and the winner of the 2008 Norfolk find a star Luke Cook.

One night concerts were also announced and the following acts would be appearing;Ken Dodd,Barron Knights,The Searchers,Paul Daniels andChas and Dave

References

External links

  • Pavilion theatre
  • For further information see Christopher Pipe, The Story of Cromer Pier (Poppyland Publishing, 1998).ISBN 094614852X



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