Theatre Royal, Hyde

The Theatre Royal in Hyde opened in 1902 and was later converted for use as a cinema. It closed in 1993 and has stood disused ever since.

Theatre Royal, Hyde
 

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Opening in 1902, the Theatre Royal in Hyde was a replacement for an older theatre nearby of the same name. The theatre was built by S. Robinson and Sons of Hyde to the design of Campbell and Horsley of Manchester and could seat 1400 people. Two balconies curve round to meet the proscenium, the stage area was large and included a host of dressing rooms to one side. In 1914 a movable screen was added onto the stage to enable the theatre to operate as a part-time cinema.

The popularity of live performances declined in the 1970s so the decision was made to convert the theatre to cinema-only use. In 1972 the main auditorium was used as a full-time cinema screen, with the stage area being converted into a second screen.

The cinema closed in the 1990s when the London-based owners uncovered fraudulent activity taking place there. They considered the theatre a liability and the final film was shown in August 1993, despite being full.

The projection booth contains two Kalee projectors with President lamphouses, both on Universal bases. These date from the 1950s. A later Westar projector also remains.

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Stage viewed from the circle level
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Stage viewed from the circle level

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Auditorium with two balconies
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Auditorium with two balconies

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Seats on the circle level
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Seats on the circle level

Theatre Royal, Hyde - The plasterwork above the stage depicts plays by Shakespeare
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – The plasterwork above the stage depicts plays by Shakespeare

Theatre Royal, Hyde - View from back
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – View from back

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Stalls level
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Stalls level

Theatre Royal, Hyde - View from the top balcony stalls
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – View from the top balcony stalls

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Proscenium and balconies
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Proscenium and balconies

Theatre Royal, Hyde - The projectors for the main screen still remain
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – The projectors for the main screen still remain

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Projector room
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Projector room

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Back of projectors
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Back of projectors

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Spools and a small, third projector
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Theatre Royal – Spools and a small, third projector

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Projector and smaller projector behind
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Projector and smaller projector behind

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Curtain controls
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Curtain controls

Theatre Royal, Hyde - Filmstrip on a record player
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Theatre Royal, Hyde – Filmstrip on a record player

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