There was a lot going on at North Pier during Heritage Open Day as it is also celebrating its 150th anniversary. We toured the pier, watched 2 free performances, one a chat with Charlie Cairoli Jr and one a variety show. The weather for the tour was sunny but on the performance days it was gale force and chucking it down so the turn out was low - such a shame. Here are a few old pics of the pier.
And here is an old projector from when the theatre showed films.
The theatre was larger inside than out - very strange.
We were allowed onto the stage, backstage and ...
and around the dressing rooms which were sumptuously decorated with deco wallpaper, chandeliers, pictures and flowers.
The dressing rooms were like hotel rooms with coffee making facilities and drinks fridges.
Couches and ensuites were in the main dressing rooms.
Mirrors were everywhere so we artistes could check our make-up and clothes.
The even had a sea view!
In the office there was one vital document on show. Two previous theatres went up in flames and the third was saved from burning by one of the artistes - Vince Hill.
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