From the Bridlington Chronicle, Friday, 11th November, 1921:
NEW LOCAL COMPANIES: The
undermentioned particulars of new companies recently registered are taken
from the Daily Register, compiled by Messrs Jordan and Sons, Limited,
company registration agents, 116 and 118 Chancery Lane, London WC2.
COLISEUM (BRIDLINGTON) LIMITED (177572). Regt, 31st October, 1921, 2 Market
Street York. To purchase and complete the Picture Theatre, Ballroom and
other building, now in the course of erection, situate in The Promenade,
Bridlington, Yorkshire. Nominal capital, £35,000 in 35,000 shares of £1
each. Directors: W. E. Puckering, Brookbank, Welham Road, Malton, York
(Chairman); L. Shaw, 10 Peterson Road, Wakefield; R. Crampton, The Turrett,
Stockton Lane, York; G. Turner, St Nicholas Villa, Mayfield Road,
Bridlington; H. W. Clarkson, 1 Promenade, Bridlington; T. W. Taylor, Grange
Mead, Mill Lane, Heworth, York; P. C. Porter, 47 Moorgate, York.
Qualification of Directors: 500 Ordinary Shares. Remuneration of Directors:
£100 each; Chairman, £150.
From the Bridlington Chronicle, Friday, 24th March, 1922:
BRIDLINGTON'S NEW PLEASURE CENTRE, The Coliseum, Promenade. Interview with
the Manager, Mr C. W. Hunter.
On Easter Monday, Bridlington's newest pleasure centre, one of the largest
and most attractive in the county, will be opened to the public. Already
great interest is being shown in the new enterprise, and our readers will be
interested in our references to it. Later, we hope to give a more detailed
description of the Coliseum.
A Chronicle reporter, on Monday afternoon, had a chat with the manager of
the Coliseum, Captain Cecil W. Hunter, who comes to Bridlington with a big
reputation as the successful manager of the Morecambe Tower, an enterprise
on similar lines to the Coliseum, only perhaps, more so.
The Coliseum, as our readers will know, has been erected on the Promenade,
and though the front is imposing it is hardly possible to realise from it
that the enterprise of the promoters is one of such a large scale.
The ballroom is in the basement, and is admirably designed, and when
complete will be very artistically decorated. Dancers will be charmed with
the dancing floor. It is of rock maple, laid on 2,000 springs, and is unlike
anything in the district - so light and responsive to the touch that the
light fantastic step will for the dancers have a new charm. There will in
the near future be surprise nights arranged, confetti carnivals, etc.
The theatre is one of the finest in the country, and when furnished and
completed it will be a very charming place of entertainment. It will be
furnished in the most up-to-date manner. There will be accommodation for
over 1,200, and the chairs will be of the latest pattern in tip-ups. The
decorative scheme is in Wedgwood blue. A perfect view of the stage will be
available from every seat in the theatre, the floor being of rake design. As
the manager remarked with a smile in reply to a question, there will be no
necessity for ladies to take off their hats in order that those seated
behind them may have a good view of the stage. The most elaborate millinery,
whatever new fashions may evolve, will not impede the view, so that is all
to the good!
The stage is spacious, and is equipped in the most up-to-date manner, and Mr
Hunter remarked that it would be easily possible to stage some of the
biggest attractions on the road. Mr Hunter said it was proposed to open the
theatre in the first place as a cinema and later it is hoped to introduce
musical varieties and attractions.
The first performance will take place on Easter Monday, and Mr Hunter has
been successful in booking for that date the much-talked-of picture The Sign
of the Door. It was run as a stageplay at the Playhouse, London, with great
success, and with Miss Gladys Cooper in the caste. The film features Norma
Talmadge and other well-known picture players. The film has had a great and
successful run at the Alhambra Theatre, London.
A feature of the cinema will be the music provided by a competent orchestra.
During Easter Week, there will be dancing in the ballroom on Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The ballroom will comfortably accommodate
from 800 to 1,000 dancers.
Another feature which is sure to be appreciated is the lounge cafe at the
front of the building, overlooking the Promenade, and from which there is a
sea view. It is a spacious, roomy cafe, which no doubt will be used on many
occasions, for important social functions.
Altogether, the enterprise of the promoters has produced a pleasure house,
which is sure to be thoroughly appreciated by the many thousands of visitors
who come to Bridlington, and no doubt also by our townsfolk.
Mr Hunter, before he joined the Army, was manager of The Palace, Rugby. He
joined the ranks soon after the war broke out in 1914, and rose to the rank
At Morecambe, his managership was attended with marked success. In the
ballroom and theatre (Sunday concerts in the theatre), there were run at
Morecambe such attractions as H.M. Royal Artillery Mounted Band, the Royal
Marine (First Chatham Division) Band; and the stars engaged included Dr Chas
Hoby, Robert Radford, Ben Davis, Little Tich, Harry Tate, Harry Day, etc.
Mr Hunter comes to Bridlington with great experience and with a worthy
record of success, and we feel sure he will add to his excellent record
here. He will have a host of well-wishers, and all our readers will wish
well the great enterprise with which his name is now associated.
The large staff of workmen are at work night and day, and the contractor (Mr
George Turner, Bridlington), who is also one of the directors, assured our
representative that there is no doubt about it - The Coliseum will be opened
on Easter Monday.
From the Bridlington Free Press, 22nd April, 1922:
BRIDLINGTON'S NEW AMUSEMENT CENTRE. Coliseum opened by the Mayor.
The magnificent new centre of amusement, The Coliseum, which is situated on
the Promenade, Bridlington, was opened in the presence of a large company on
Easter Monday afternoon by the Mayor of the Borough. There were present on
the stage at the ceremony Messrs W. E. Puckering, H. Firth, F. T. Clark, and
Porter (directors), Capt. Hunter (manager), Mr R. Crompton (secretary), and
Mr G. Turner, of the firm of Messrs H. E. Turner and Son, the contractors
for the building.
Mr Puckering, chairman of the board of directors of the Coliseum,
introducing the Mayor, said he had known that gentleman for many years and
that the directors of the undertaking felt very much obliged to him for
coming to declare the building open.
He took that opportunity of expressing the appreciation of the directors and
the shareholders of Councillor Fenby's kindness. They owned an apology to
their guests and patrons for asking them to come to an unfinished building.
They had done their best to complete it for that occasion, but the building
was still in an unfinished state. They would notice that there were no
carpets but they were told by the manufacturers that some accident to the
dye had prevented them from having the carpets ready in time.
There were many things to be done in connection with the cafe and other
parts of the building, but they hoped to have everything in full swing by
The Mayor said it gave him very great pleasure to be present. It was his
privilege to congratulate the directors and the management upon the erection
of that magnificent building, which he thought would be both an attraction
and an asset to that beautiful borough (Hear, hear).
In situation and equipment he regarded it, even in its incomplete state, as
ideal. One thing that he liked about the Coliseum was that it provided a
welcome addition to the not too ample shelter in squally weather at holiday
time. Municipal and private enterprise working side by side in a progressive
borough made for progress. (Cheers.) As the head of a Corporation having
entertainment enterprises of its own, he might say very kindly that it was
true that they might be rivals, but that their rivalry would be of a very
friendly order indeed, and only in the sense that they were both out to
cater for the pleasure of the residents and the visitors to Bridlington.
Might he say also that they welcomed private enterprise in Bridlington, and
no matter into what part of the borough they looked, they would see
development. He thought he was correct in saying that they could boast of as
much new building in Bridlington at the moment as any town in the north of
England, and considering the depressing trade conditions through which they
have been passing, he thought that spoke well for the borough. (Hear, hear.)
Another thing he would like to say was that they were very proud of their
local tradesmen, and without wishing in any way to single anyone out, he
should like to say how much they appreciated the enterprise, efficiency, and
business management of Mr Turner, who had put so much hard work into the
completion, up to date, of that building. It spoke well for their local
tradesmen that they were able to carry out the erection of so magnificent a
building without having to go to Manchester or any other place to get it
In conclusion, might he bespeak success for the directorate, the
shareholders, the management, and all connected with the Coliseum, and
whether they be connected with public or private enterprise, as they each in
their separate ways climbed the hill of prosperity, may they never meet
anyone coming down. He had very great pleasure in declaring the building
A capital pictorial entertainment followed a nicely diversified programme of
films, of both an amusing and instructive character, being shown. There were
some grand animal pictures, whilst one of much educational value described
"How the telephone speaks."
The chief attraction, however, was the screen version of the stage success,
The Sign on the Door, featuring Norma Talmadge, the thrilling picture
drama riveting the
attention of the large audience from start to finish.
SLIGHT SCARE WHEN WIRE FUSED
A continuous exhibition was given, and about a quarter to nine the programme
had been gone through. Patrons who had seen the full fare were then
requested to give up their seats to newcomers, and a ready response was made
to the appeal. The star picture, The Sign on the Door, was duly
screened, and almost as soon as the lights in the hall were turned out a
noise was heard coming from the direction of the pit.
A small flame burst forth from one of the side exit door lights, and some
people rapidly made for the other doors. The flare gradually died out, but
just as some were returning to their seats the light was again seen.
A second rush to the door was made by a few people, but as the first were
about to leave the hall a gentleman ascended the stage and requested the
company to sit down and keep cool. Several returned to their seats at once,
but others not so confident hovered round the door for some time.
Eventually all became seated again and endeavoured to pick up the thread of
the film story, which by the way, had been showing through- out. Captain
Hunter explained that all that had happened was that an electric wire had
fused. This was a thing that might occur in any place, and every precaution
was taken in this building in case of tire. An alarm whistle would be blown
and all the exit doors would then be thrown open. He requested patrons to
keep to their seats in the future, and he assured them everything would be
done for their safety. The building was composed or such materials as
to render a fire very unlikely.
From Bridlington Amusement Guide, week commencing Monday, 3rd July, 1922:
Bridlington Free Press, 29th March, 1924
Coliseum Ltd. sold to a new company, Winter Gardens (Bridlington) Ltd. (No.
From Ward Lock & Co. Illustrated Guide Book. 1927-28
Entertainments: The Coliseum, one of the finest entertainment halls in the
district, contains an up-to-date theatre and picture hall, a spacious
ballroom, a cafe, and a roof cafe. It was erected at a cost of £70,000.
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