Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road West: Sheet five

Building: The STAG Theatre Photo: A18A

History:

Crown Inn 1622. Re-built 1820 Crown Hotel 1868. Decorations added 1890 re-named Royal Crown Hotel pre 1891. Southern part demolished 1935 and re-built as Majestic Cinema in 1937, later Focus until converted to The STAG Theatre in 1983, again refurbished with Plaza Suite added at rear in 1993.

At the foot of the page is a photograph from the 1981 survey.

Current Use:

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Theatre with two cinemas below auditorium with Cormack stage and conference suite to rear.

Description:

Art deco façade in brick with three symmetrical round headed white painted metal windows, brick arches and reconstructed stone key stones and string course at springing level of windows. Reduced in height during refurbishment. Ground floor central part rendered with four pairs of symmetrical double doors in 1-2-1 pattern with glazed wrought iron ‘Victorian’ style projecting canopy over. Centre of façade brought forward from narrow wings.

Coping to parapet over whole façade conceals pitched metal decked roof.

Comment:

Generally in good condition, mid 1930’s heavy brick façade not a good example of cinema architecture and totally out of scale with surroundings. Style of canopy inappropriate and out of character.

Importance: C visually but a social asset.

Included in previous survey with brief description.

1981 survey

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