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Opening as the Alexandra Hall, the theatre was built on the hill between Market Street and Avenue Road on more than one level to accommodate the steepness of the slope. The lower part of the building contained the flat-floored Alexandra Theatre. It seated 1,400, presenting drama, concerts, revue and seasonal variety. During the Wars it was used as a Garrison Theatre. In 1965 a fly tower was added, and the stage and dressing rooms improved. In the early 1970s the interior was gutted to accommodate a roller skating rink on the stage and a synthetic ice skating rink in the stalls. The building was later altered and reopened as a nightclub and bar. In 2009-2010 the higher (foyer) level was in use as a sports bar, and the lower (auditorium) level not in use, although previously a nightclub.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 1970 - 1979: Until when not known.
Current state
Current use
Licensed premises
Market Street, Ilfracombe, Devon, England
Further details
Other names
Alexandra Hall , Garrison Theatre
  • 1900 Design/Construction: (architect unknown).
  • 1920 - 1929 Owner/Management: Albany Ward
  • 1965 Alteration: modernised - fly tower added, stage and dressing room facilities improved (architect unknown).
  • 1970 - 1979 Use: Until when not known.
  • 1970 - 1979 Alteration: proscenium and stage dismantled for skating rink (architect unknown).
  • Capacity
    1901: 1000
  • Capacity
    1945: 1000
    1972: 782
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
Pros flat until mid 1970s
Building dimensions: -
Stage dimensions: Depth: 1972: 7.92 plus forestage 1972 Width Combined: 10.29 upstage, 10.26 downstage
Proscenium width: 1953: 33ft
1972: 8.53m
Height to grid: 5.49m
Inside proscenium: -
Orchestra pit: None