1931 – 1963
WE ADDED FILMS & THEATRE – CINE VARIETY WAS BORN
‘THE GRAND THEATRE’ & ‘ESSOLDO CINEMA’

As Cinema became all the rage in the 30’s we moved with the times and a projector room was installed so we could add movies to our repertoire. We never forgot our Variety roots, and often included performances before and after the films (something you will be massively familiar with now with our current Movie Nights!), keeping our talented performers in work in the process.
We showed the film premiere of a little-known comedy duo Laurel & Hardy during this era. We also started hosting Theatre Shows, with a certain Morecombe & Wise, who took to our stage for their first ever performance of original material. 
We’ve now converted the projection room on the 5th floor into a tiny cinema, comedy hall & karaoke bar if you wondered what on earth we are doing with it now!
 
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