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The Imperial Theatre, 134 North Street, Brighton

Later - The Essoldo Cinema

Brighton's Theatres Index

The Imperial Theatre from a wartime programme

Above - The Imperial Theatre from a wartime Programme.

The Imperial Theatre in North Street, Brighton was built in 1939/40 to the designs of S. Beverley and was opened in April 1940 as a Variety Theatre by Jack Buchanan. It had a fine interior with a late Art Deco feel and seated 1875. The Theatre was rarely used for live theatre however, more often showing films. In 1948 it became the Essoldo Cinema. Later still it was used for Bingo and then finally as a Bowling Alley and Night Club called Hotspots. Despite the fact that the balcony was removed when the Theatre was converted for Bowling, much of the Theatre remained and it was hoped that the building could be restored and converted back to its former use. However the Theatre has now been demolished and the site has been rebuilt with shops and residential property.

Below are six programmes for the Brighton Imperial Theatre - Click for details

  • A Programme for 'The Light of Heart' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton
    Programme for 'The Light of Heart' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
  • A programme for 'Music For The Millions' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in October 1947.
    Programme for 'Music For The Millions' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in October 1947.
  • A programme for 'The Devil's Disciple' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
    Programme for 'The Devil's Disciple' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
  • A programme for 'Outrageous Fortune' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in November 1947.
    Programme for 'Outrageous Fortune' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in November 1947.
  • A programme for '1066 and all That' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
    Programme for '1066 and all That' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
  • A programme for 'High Tide' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
    Programme for 'High Tide' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton.
 

Jack Hylton and Bram Martin

From the Imperial Theatre Programme for 'High Tide'

Jack Hylton and Bram MartinJack Hylton's interests range from shows like "HighTide" to the presentation of Britain's large Musical Festival at the Harringay Arena.

Jack has long wanted to present Brighton with a really big musical, and now with every modern facility available to him at the Imperial, he is really "going to town."

A programme for 'Florodora' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in 1943 - Courtesy Liz Jarrett - Click for details.In addition to the well-known names in the cast of "High Tide," there are several artistes Mr. Hylton has found and brought into the forefront, because he believes in giving youth a chance.

Left - A programme for 'Florodora' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in 1943 - Courtesy Liz Jarrett - Click for details.

Although Jack Hylton works for over 14 hours a day and gives his staff very little rest, he is one of the best loved men in the theatre.

Coming Attractions for May 1943 - From a programme for 'Florodora' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in 1943 - Courtesy Liz Jarrett - Click for details.He has recently been described by his friend, Bud Flanagan, as "that lovable fellow who wants everything done two days ago."

In spite of his insatiable love of work, he still finds time for a game of golf, and an occasional day's racing.

The association of Jack Hylton and Bram Martin is no new one, and started 18 years ago. Bram Martin and his Orchestra have been responsible for the music in some of the biggest London shows, such as those by Andre Chariot, the famous Cochran shows at the London Pavilion, with William Mallison and in many other big West End productions.

Right - Coming Attractions for May 1943 - From a programme for 'Florodora' at the Imperial Theatre, Brighton in 1943 - Courtesy Liz Jarrett - Click for details.

His long series of broadcasts before and during the war are also too well-known to be re-capitulated. Bram Martin has under his charge one of the finest and most costly theatre orchestras in the country.

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