A close architectural relative of (and in no way inferior to) the same architect’s Gielgud, Novello and Aldwych. Portland stone classical façade, with Sprague’s favourite motif of a curved corner treated as an engaged domed tower with giant order of Corinthian columns with enriched shafts. Auditorium with two balconies and typically French flavour. Above the proscenium was the extraordinary detail of a scrolly pediment broken by a projecting ships prow, said to be Drake’s ‘Pelican’ and, like the act drop painting of Peter the Great working in the dockyard, symbolic of Deptford’s ship building tradition. The Broadway was a serious loss of the post-war years.
- 1897 Design/Construction:W G R Sprague- ArchitectS J Waring & Sons- ConsultantdecorationD T White- Consultantact drop (after Seymour Lucas)Wingfield Bowles- Consultantelectrical work
- 1912 Owner/Management: by Moss Empires
- 1959 Alteration: dome lantern removed (architect unknown).
- 1964 Demolition:
- CapacityLaterDescription1912: 2500
- ListingNot listed