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Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Westover Road
Dorset BH1 2BU
The splendidly elegant Pavilion Theatre was built in the 1920s and forms part of the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). The Pavilion theatre is Bournemouth’s traditional home for West End stage shows, Concerts, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime and Comedy.
The Theatre holds a seated audience of 1,012 in fixed seats on a raked floor, with a further 446 in the circle. It is the proud owner of a Compton Concert Pipe Organ. For those visitors interested in Pipe Organs, see The Musical Museum article in this website.
The Organ
The organ was built in 1929 for the opening of the Pavilion Theatre.
The statistics of this magnificent organ are quite impressive. Two concrete chambers both 48 feet (14.6 metres) high on either side of the proscenium arch house the 1,852 metal pipes, stacked on various levels in the chamber. At the top, a system of horizontal wooden shutters controls the volume of sound that bounces off the dome into the auditorium below. A teak four-manual console sits on a small fixed platform at stalls level just under the right-hand chamber.
From 1946-1962 the BBC did live broadcasts of organ concerts performed by Harold Coombs.
The BIC, Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom provide venues for a wide range of entertainment ranging from International Wrestling to classical music concerts, fashion shows and Ballroom Dancing competitions.
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