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Southport Theatre


The Southport Theatre forms part of the Floral Hall complex and is closely integrated with the 1930 hall (see Floral Hall). The theatre, added in 1973, serves as a theatre, concert hall and conference centre. Built adjacent to the Floral Hall (they share box office an foyer) it lies lengthways to the Promenade with the fly tower at the West end. Stone with a darker brick relief, the horizontally-stepped roof contrasts with the flat Floral Hall.

The auditorium is a wide room with a flat, unadorned ceiling; the raked seating is in two fan-shaped segments with substantially better sightlines from the rear segment. The stage is flat with proscenium and the option of a forestage or orchestra pit; good stage facilities although the grid is only 9.2m high. Touring house, also used successfully as a cinema.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 1973 : Theatre, conference and events venue, continuing
Current state
Current use
Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ, England
Further details
Other names
  • 1973 Design/Construction:
    B R Andrews
    - Architect
  • 1973 Owner/Management: Sefton Council, owner, continuing
  • 1973 Use: Theatre, conference and events venue, continuing
  • 1997 Owner/Management: Apollo Leisure, lessee
  • 2009 - 2018 Owner/Management: Ambassador Theatre Group, management (until May 2018)
  • 2019 - 2020 : Bliss Space (Southport) Ltd, operator/management (from April 2019, initially on a three-year lease, but went into liquidation in June 2020 as a result of coronavirus)
  • 2023 Demolition: Southport Theatre and Convention Centre being demolished and replaced with Marine Lake Events Centre
  • Capacity
    1997: 1651
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
Building dimensions: -
Stage dimensions: Depth: 7.31m Width SL: 12.75m SR: 10.97m
Proscenium width: 13.41m
Height to grid: 9.2m
Inside proscenium: -
Orchestra pit: -