New public bar opens at Winter Gardens theatre

The Friends of Morecambe Winter Gardens have almost finished creating a Parisian Bar next to the main auditorium.'Pictured at the bar are Evelyn Archer, singer at the bar's opening on Saturday Harri Deane, Lin Cody and Joan Kitching.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-7-2015
The Friends of Morecambe Winter Gardens have almost finished creating a Parisian Bar next to the main auditorium.'Pictured at the bar are Evelyn Archer, singer at the bar's opening on Saturday Harri Deane, Lin Cody and Joan Kitching. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-7-2015

The next stage in the renaissance of the Winter Gardens opens this weekend.

For the first time since the theatre closed its doors in 1977, people will be able to walk in off the street into a public bar.

The licensed Parisian Bar, located in the former shop at the front of the Grade II* listed building, will launch this Saturday (August 1).

The bar - doubling as a coffee lounge during the day - will then be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, serving hot beverages, cakes and alcoholic drinks.

Owners the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust also plan a programme of live 
music at the venue, starting this Saturday .

Evelyn Archer, chairman of the trust, said: “We hope the people of Morecambe will continue to support us as the money from this bar will go towards other improvements at the theatre.”

The Parisian bar is so named because there used to be a bar at the theatre of that name, underneath the old ballroom.

This Saturday’s live music will see DJ Steve Middlesbrough playing retro classics all day and the Boogie Bill Three (2pm to 4pm)performing jazz and swing classics befitting the building’s history.

Then Miss Harri Deane will sing songs from the 1930s to the 1960s from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, recalling the theatre’s entertainment heyday.

Then on Sunday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm the Boogie Bill Three will perform again, and DJ Steve Middlesbrough will play salsa and Latino music.

This will coincide with the first ever Morecambe Seaside Fiesta world music festival, taking place on Morecambe promenade on Sunday afternoon.