Winchester landmark the Theatre Royal celebrates 100th birthday

A right Royal 100th birthday for theatre

A right Royal 100th birthday for theatre

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WINCHESTER landmark has celebrated its centenary.

The Theatre Royal celebrated its opening exactly 100 years ago to the day with a cake and birthday activities to entertain visitors.

A vintage King Alfred bus ran from the Broadway to the theatre, in Jewry Street, and the stage was made into a grassy area for garden games on Sunday.

The venue, originally built as a hotel in the 19th century, opened as a cine-variety theatre before specialising in films.

It was nearly demolished in the 1970s to make way for a supermarket before a group of local residents formed an action group to rescue it in August 1974.

The six fought to get the building listed and eventually bought it for £35,000.

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