Bournemouth Pavilion celebrates 95 years of heritage and culture

This year, Bournemouth Pavilion is celebrating 95 years of delivering entertainment and culture to the local community.

Since opening in March 1929, the venue has seen years of ongoing redevelopment, maintenance, and refurbishment to create the impressive theatre, ballroom, and bars that continue to delight visitors today. The building received Grade II listed status in 1995.

Valued for its cultural, architectural, and historic importance, Bournemouth Pavilion welcomes thousands of visitors every week, bringing more footfall to businesses such as hotels, bars, and restaurants to boost the local economy and provide year-round culture.

Events such as tea dances, free-to-attend open days, and community performances are held regularly to invite visitors to learn more about the venue’s importance to the BCP region.

The theatre is also home to the Compton Organ, one of the few remaining instruments of the 550 initially installed in Churches, Cinemas, Theatres & Concert Halls between 1926 and 1939. Compton Organ Shows are held throughout the year in partnership with the Pavilion Organ Fund to continue to raise funds for the organ’s continuous maintenance and restoration.

Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by registered charity BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Steve Turner, BH Live’s Associate Director of Venues said;

“Bournemouth Pavilion is valued by so many for its history, culture, and architectural significance. 95 years is such an incredible milestone to reach. Every year we deliver a diverse theatre programme – from pantomimes to operas – to continue the Pavilion’s purpose to entertain as many visitors as possible. We want to thank everyone who has shown their support by visiting this magnificent venue over the past nine decades. Here’s to many more years to come!”

Visitors can learn more about Bournemouth Pavilion at its annual free-to-attend open day on Saturday 13 April 2024. Compton Organ Shows are held this year from April-August.

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Notes to Editors:

  • Bournemouth Pavilion was opened on 19 March 1929. Its opening ceremony was attended by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.
  • Bournemouth Pavilion’s construction began in 1925 to house a municipal concert. Construction cost £250K.

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About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a registered charity and social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Our social objectives are to:

  • Encourage more people to take part in physical activity– by providing leisure facilities to encourage active communities and improve health and wellbeing.
  • Attract bigger entertainment audiences– with a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
  • Deliver economic benefit– by hosting major conferences, exhibitions and events that benefit the local, regional and international economy.

With more than five million visits a year we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

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About Bournemouth Pavilion

Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This Grade II listed venue opened in March 1929. It has a 1,500-seat theatre and full-sized ballroom. The venue hosts musicals, opera, ballet, pantomime, comedy, gala dinners, banquets, receptions, fairs, dances and fashion shows throughout the year.

Its facilities complement events at Bournemouth International Centre and for corporate presentations, product launches, and smaller conferences and exhibitions.

Bournemouth Pavilion is also home to Pavilion Dance South West and the Pavilion at AUB rehearsal and teaching space for the Arts University Bournemouth.

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