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Marina Theatre – United Kingdom

The Marina Theatre is a theatre and cinema in Lowestoft, Suffolk. It hosts a range of entertainment and touring acts. It has been going for 100 years..The theatre began as a skating rink, and was converted to a theatre in 1878 by architect R.F. Brett. In 1901, architect Ernest Runtz was hired to rebuild the theatre, using parts of the existing structure. The theatre was largely rebuilt once again in 1930 by architect Francis Burdett, and re-opened as a cinema by Associated British Cinemas.OVER 100 YEARS OF THE MARINA THEATREOctober 2009 marked 21 years since the Marina Theatre & Cinema in Lowestoft was re-opened following a long fight to save the premises from demolition and a major refurbishment. With a mixture of live entertainment and great cinema, the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, is at the cultural heart of the community but it has had a chequered existence. The original theatre started life in the 1870’s as a roller-skating rink into which owners erected a make-shift stage and renamed it The Rink Theatre.The “Rink” was converted into the Marina in 1897 and on April 26 the Haymarket Drama Society were the first to perform on the stage with Peter the Penman by Sir Charles Young. The basis of the present theatre building was then erected, largely on the foundations of the old and was designed by Ernest Runtz and Co.During its heyday, seven different pantomimes were presented during the Christmas period along with summer shows such as the musical comedies of McDonald and Young. The theatre also enjoyed visits from legends such as Gracie Fields and Ralph Richardson. The Marina operated as a live venue until 1929 when the onset of cinema made the future uncertain. However it survived after Associated British Cinemas took it over in 1931 until it was operated by EMI.Briefly used during the second world war as a temporary mortuary and a reception centre for evacuated children, the Marina began to struggle in the late 1960’s with the introduction of colour television and this resulted in cinema attendances dropping, The Marina soldiered on as a cinema before finally closing on Christmas Eve, 1984.After being bought by Waveney District Council in 1985, 24 hours before a demolition deadline, set by EMI, the Marina underwent a huge renovation which included the reconstruction of the dressing room area, and the construction of a new toilet block to serve the circle and bar areas.On October 1, 1988, almost four years after its closure, the Marina re-opened as the new Civic Theatre and Cultural Centre in Lowestoft with a concert given by 1970’s rock star Rick Wakeman.However it has only been in the past seven years that the Marina has begun to reach its full potential as the leading cultural centre for North Suffolk & South Norfolk and become of the most successful Civic venues in the country.

Practical Information

Address: Lowestoft

Official site: http://www.marinatheatre.co.uk

Capacity: 751 seats

Type: Theatre and Cinema

Opened: 1880

Architect(s): Ernest Runtz and Co.

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