The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.
Last year, it celebrated its 125th anniversary. Construction started on 28 June 1894 and it cost the princely sum of £10,000! Seating capacity was 2,151 across the Stalls, Dress and Grand Circles. It has been refurbished twice since then. Like many regional theatres, it has had its dark times too, before closing on 23 February 1980. However, Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre survived against the odds.
It reopened on 31 August 1983 after a massive local campaign resulting in the local council (who had purchased it in the 1960s for £74,000) overseeing a major refurbishment and committing to an annual grant to keep it going. Just to the right can just be seen the derelict 1960s Post Office, which has recently been bought by the Council with a view to demolition and building a new arts facility to extend the Grand. This was mentioned in the earlier blog on the old Main Post Office.
- Taken: 4 May 2020
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
- Focal Length 24mm
- 1/100 sec
- ISO 100