A historic theater in Frome, which attracts top performers and shows, was once listed for demolition and turned into homes until locals intervened.
The Frome Memorial Theater is a brilliant venue and an important part of the city’s cultural history, with top performances and acts throughout the year.
Actor and comedian Brian Blessed arrives in June and local amateur theaters and schools use the theater for their annual shows like Bugsy Malone.
But the theater, much appreciated by the inhabitants of Frome, fell into disrepair for lack of use in the 80s and 90s and was threatened with demolition, the town hall wanting to transform it into housing.
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This caused an outcry in Frome and locals came together to save the theatre.
Today, it’s a brilliant venue, with high-profile musical acts and conferences.
An Evening with Brian Blessed arrives at Frome Memorial Theater on Friday, June 10.
The larger-than-life actor, writer and presenter is known for his hearty, king-size portrayals in film and television.
An evening with Brian Blessed is bound to be popular in Frome and the theater is well supported by locals in town and beyond.
Irish folk band The Fureys will also be coming next summer and many tribute bands and musicals will visit the theatre, making it an ideal entertainment venue in the city.
The theater opened in 1925 as a memorial hall in memory of those who fell in World War I.
During the 1930s seats were installed to accommodate the public due to the ever increasing popularity of the cinema and it became known as The Grand.
The building is now the focal point for remembering not only the dead of World War I, but also World War II and other conflicts.
The annual memorial service in November is held at the theater.
The meeting rooms, officially known as the Hexagon Suite, were added to the complex in the 1970s through the sale of Frome Water Works to Bristol Water.
It’s so great that this great little theater has been saved by the people of Frome with generations enjoying great entertainment in this historic building.