Albert Hall

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This was a theatre only in the broadest sense; a big rectangular hall built in 1867 by a group of Wesleyan businessmen for music recitals and a variety of light entertainments. It had a dour but imposing exterior in brick with stone dressings; three unequal bays, progressively set back to follow frontage line; tall ground storey with ornamental storey course at notional first floor level. Iron and glass canopy to triple-arched entrance. Enriched cill band and frieze to second floor windows set between piers and columns with elaborated capitals, supporting a full entablature with dentil and modillion cornice. Crowning parapet with carved panels and dies.

The auditorium was like a great mission hall, 125ft by 60ft, with a balcony on three sides and second balcony at end; concert stage backed by choir steps and 76 stop Cavaille Coll organ. The interior was described as ‘opulent, with fine panels, rich tracery carving… and intricate designs of cornucopia and Doric columns’. There was also a small hall, 48ft by 38ft, a chapel and ample ancillary accommodation.

As might be expected, the hall was principally noted for evangelistic meetings, orchestral, choral and vocal concerts, operas and brass band competitions. There were also minstrel and variety shows, magic lantern and (from 1896) moving picture shows. By 1919 it had a proscenium stage and about that time it became a more or less regular picture house with occasional variety, but it was subsequently steadily overtaken by purpose-built cinemas.

The Albert Hall was gutted by fire in 1937 and demolished some years later.

Built / Converted
1873
Dates of use
Current state
Demolished
Current use
Demolished
Address
Barker’s Pool (corner of Burgess Street), Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Website-
Further details
Other names
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Events
  • 1873 Design/Construction:
    Flockton & Abbott
    - Architect
  • 1873 Owner/Management: Sheffield Music Hall Company
  • 1914 Alteration: new projection room built
    Unknown
    - Architect
  • 1918 Owner/Management: New Century Pictures, lessee
  • 1919 Alteration: proscenium built
    Unknown
    - Architect
  • 1927 Alteration: new proscenium arch to deeper stage; internal refurbishment and improvements; exterior canopy added to shelter 1500
    Chadwick & Weston
    - Architect
Capacities
  • Capacity
    Original
    Description
    2200 (proposed in 1864 as ‘up to 3000’)
  • Capacity
    Later
    Description
    1912: 1900
    1935: 1611
Listings
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
-
Building dimensions: -
Stage dimensions: -
Proscenium width: -
Height to grid: -
Inside proscenium: -
Orchestra pit: -