Pavilion Theatre

1914 map highlighting where the Pavilion Theatre once stood

1914 map highlighting where the Pavilion Theatre once stood

The Pavilion theatre seated 1000 people and was built in 1912.

Gas engines with large wheels coupled by belt to generators produced the electricity for the Pavilion and the Star.  As the theatre had a boiler house with hot water pipes running around the auditorium, it proved to be a comfortable and welcoming venue.

Before his take-over, the Pavilion had only had one projector, thereby preventing continuous films.  However, Easton introduced changes such as two projectors, to provide a continuous film show; a new gallery with stairs rather than one step and a slope to the back; a fire exit staircase; a larger stage for live acts; dressing rooms; and enough space for small four-piece bands.  Easton’s shows were popular because of their varied content: Pathé News; a short film, two live acts, a main feature film, plus the ever-popular serial that would ensure attendance by fans every week.  When there were no live acts, he would run a full film programme and a Go as you please competition (on Thursday evening until 11.30pm).

Two boys were sent around Armadale every Monday (one as bell ringer and the other as announcer) to announce the contents of that week’s shows.

The Pavilion was eventually destroyed by fire in 1927.