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The Olympia Hall, Blackpool

On the site of the former Giant Ferris Wheel

Part of the Winter Gardens Complex

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

A Google Streetview image of the original entrance to the Olympia Hall, Winter Gardens, Blackpool - Click to Interact

Above - A Google Streetview image of the original entrance to the Olympia Hall, Winter Gardens, Blackpool - Click to Interact

The Giant Ferris Wheel at the Blackpool Winter Gardens - From a 1912 postcard.The Olympia Hall is part of the Winter Gardens Complex in Blackpool and was constructed on the site of the earlier Giant Ferris Wheel which was a part of the Winter Gardens Complex that had opened in 1896.

The wheel was 220 feet high with 30 carriages which could each accommodate 30 people.

Right - The Giant Ferris Wheel at the Blackpool Winter Gardens - From a 1912 postcard.

The wheel was demolished in June 1929 and a temporary circus replaced it for a short while until the construction of the Olympia Hall began in late 1929, when much of the rest of the Complex was also improved.

Construction of the Olympia Hall took 8 months and it opened in June 1930 with its lavish interior housing stalls and attractions created to resemble a Moorish village, all designed by Andrew Mazzei.

During the Second World War, the Olympia Hall was used by the RAF in the daytime to teach Morse Code.

Today the Olympia Hall is often home to major Trade Shows and exhibitions and can be used individually or as part of the other venues in the Winter Gardens Complex.

You may like to visit the Winter Gardens' own Website here.

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