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The Queen's Theatre (1934 - 1939) (Mansfield)



  • Existence: 1934 - 1939


The Queen’s Theatre in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was opened in 1934 in the original Picturedrome cinema building. The Picturedrome was opened on 1st April 1920. The building consisted of a cinema with a ballroom on the ground floor.

The cinema wasn’t very successful and it closed three years after opening. The building was then purchased by Cinevars Ltd. who continued to operate it until 1928.

In 1928 the building was turned into a billards hall and renamed Picturedrome Billards Hall and finally in 1934 it was converted to a theatre of variety after undergoing extensive renovations. The Queen's Theatre opened on 10 December 1934 with an changing programme of variety and pantomime shows, which it presented for the following five years. The success of The Queen's Theatre however was short lived and it closed in 1939. During the following decades the building was used as a dance school, restaurant, social club and nightclub, until it was demolished in 2010 and the site was turned into a car park.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Programmes, c1932 - 1936

Reference code: 178K50
Scope and Contents

British theatre programmes presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1932 - 1936

Queen's Theatre Programme, Commencing Monday 24 September 1934

Reference code: 178K50.3
Scope and Contents

Belvedere Street, Mansfield. The Spice of Life! Variety, The Three Royces equilibrist act, Pip Buttler and Florence Pawson comedy act, The Handby Celene Trio comedy skating act, Texas, Cliffe and Snowball, May Darwood musical act, The Comperes comedy act, Miss Betty and Partner aerial act, Bert Maddison assisted by Betty Crighton comedy act. Navy blue type on orange background and decorative navy blue border on front cover, 2p.p.

Dates: Commencing Monday 24 September 1934

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Animals 2
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