Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:02 PM
There was a time 1963 to be precise, when I first worked here Company Managing THE MARTY WILDE SHOW (Rainbow Theatre South Pier). There were 12 Major theatres here then, mostly playing twice nightly, should you have not booked in advance then chances are you might not have been able to get a seat!
Today, there are two, mainly the Grand who have regular productions (some would dispute their justification for being here in the first place).
The Opera House is now under threat of demolition having been 'run down' by the present owners, they assuming that The Casino would be here and would be everyone's saviour (thankfully not).
The North Pier is now basically closed, the re-opening late last year was a total disaster in that the 'so-called' productions, all 'Big Band' & 'Tribute' were, quite frankly a disgrace in their presentation.
I have learnt from extremely reliable sources that the next to go might well be the Pleasure Beach, as soon as the end of this year.
A few years ago, Disney were blocked by a famous Blackpool family from opening here instead of Paris! They would have been the saving of Blackpool and I would still be living in a family orientated resort. The Council have a great deal to answer.
What can you do about a council who have 'put all their eggs in one basket' ie The Casino, and have systematically ignored everything else.
Clever Tom Conti, I gather, managed to replace his entire local council - how? Anyone have any ideas?
While the council faff about, still hoping for the wretched Casino, Entertainment, mainly Theatre is going to die very very quickly.
There are now umpteen really good touring productions - do we get any of them? No Way.
God help us Morecambe looks better than us now!!!
Our situation could easily have been avoided so I suppose I can now only ask:
'Could the last person to leave - please turn out the lights'.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:57 PM
I was in Blackpool in November to see a show in the Grand and the town seemed fairly busy. The beach wasn't exactly teeming with tourists, but it was November, there was a freezing gale blowing in off the sea and the rain was horizontal. Away from the sea front, however, it looked busier than I expected it to be at that time of year.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:15 PM
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Posted 11 March 2007 - 06:17 PM
Richard's report makes very sad reading. I visited Blackpool in my early twenties with the family for our annual holidays. I loved it. I remember queueing for tickets at various box offices in order to see at least three shows during the week. Every theatre was full to capacity. All three piers, the Opera House and Winter Gardens, the Palace (?) etc., Years later (in the 1980s) I lived there. The shows had somewhat declined and the Grand had become a Bingo hall. At least, I am pleased that it has re-opened as a theatre and appears to have a full programme of touring shows.
Let's hope the Council (compared with a few years ago have they now all become morons?) will begin to see sense and realise what is happening to their wonderful town.
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