The Theatre Royal, Aston Road North, Aston, Birmingham
Later - The Astoria Cinema / Alpha Television Studios
The Theatre Royal, Aston was built at a cost of £6,500 and opened on the 7th of August 1893.
Just a year later the Theatre was sold to Charles Barnard and extensively refurbished.
The Theatre was again refurbished in 1912 at great expense and is stated to have had a capacity of 2000 at the time.
Right - Silk Programme for the Theatre Royal, Aston, for a Complimentary Benefit of the manager at the time, Mr. Dan Barnard on Friday August the 3rd, 1900. - Acts included Tom Costello, Munro and O'Toole, Bob Gates, Warde and Whylie, Innes Robarto, Nelly Shannon, Chas Bu'val, Little Dolly Moore, Jack Cruise, Frank Harwood, Tom Wootwell, May Evans, Milner Veren, The Danbys, Kitty Rayburn, Harry Maam, The Sisters Navette, Jess Verno, Dell's Lifeograph, and Sydney Vereker.
The Theatre closed for live entertainment in 1926 and was converted for Cinema use, reopening as the Astoria Cinema on the 12th of December 1927.
The Astoria Cinema itself closed on the 26th of November 1955 and the building was then converted into a Television Studio for ATV and ABC Television Limited, and renamed the Alpha Television Studios, opening on the 17th of February 1956.
ATV later moved into its own purpose built studios in Broad Street, Birmingham and sadly the former Theatre royal / Astoria Cinema was then demolished to make way for a new building on the site in 1973.
Left - A film report on the story of how televised news came to the Midlands and how it was first broadcast from the Television Theatre in Aston, formerly the Theatre Royal / Astoria Cinema - Click to view the film.
There is a great deal more on the various incarnations of the Theatre Royal, and the history of Aston here.
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