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The Cripplegate Theatre, 1 Golden Lane, London

Also known as the Golden Lane Theatre - Later - Cripplegate House

See also in this area - The Fortune Theatre, Golden Lane, Cripplegate

An early image of the Cripplegate Institute building before its later alterations and enlargement - From the Cripplegate Foundation report of the governors for 1906.

Above - An early image of the Cripplegate Institute building before its later alterations and enlargement - From the Cripplegate Foundation report of the governors for 1906.

 

The Cripplegate Theatre began life as a large Hall, which was licensed to show stage plays from 1897, and was situated within the Cripplegate Institute, which was itself opened in November 1896 and built to the designs of the architect Sidney R J Smith. The Hall was used mainly for amateur productions and by operatic societies.

An early image of the Cripplegate Institute building after its later alterations and enlargement - From the Cripplegate Foundation report of the governors for 1912.

Above - An early image of the Cripplegate Institute building after its later alterations and enlargement - From the Cripplegate Foundation report of the governors for 1912.

A Google StreetView Image of Cripplegate House, former home of the Cripplegate Theatre - Click to Interact.The Theatre was later rebuilt to the designs of Lt. Col. Frederick S. Hammond and reopened on the 29th of September 1932. It had a paneled auditorium and a proscenium stage with a small orchestra pit and a small curved balcony.

90 years after first opening in 1897 the Institute left the building in 1987 and it was converted into offices by the Ergon Design Group in 1992. Most of the interiors of the building were destroyed in the process but the exterior can still be seen today at Cripplegate House, 1 Golden Lane (Shown Right.)

Right - A Google StreetView Image of Cripplegate House, former home of the Cripplegate Theatre - Click to Interact.

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