As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the Programme from the final Summer Season show at the Pier Pavilion, Llandudno, 'Startime Follies of 1984'. After 98 years of orchestral concerts, variety shows, guest stars...and the legendary Alex Munro, the theatre closed at the end of the 1984 season due to falling audiences, increased maintenance costs and fire regulations. The theatre remained unused and empty until it was destroyed by fire in 1994....apart from its basement (see below):
The basement? Well, that was turned into 'The Llandudno Dungeon', a walk through horror waxworks exhibition, featuring scenes from the more gruesome aspects of human history, all built at a cost of over £100,000. Scenes depicted included a full size replica of a Victorian London street, complete with Sweeney Todd's barber shop, Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop and an opium den, 'Horrors of the Rack', Execution of Charles I, the 1665 Great Plague of London, body snatchers at work and a full size model of a guillotine This novel attraction proved successful for a few years but closed at the end of 1990, when the entire exhibition was sold and shipped to France:
I went round the Dungeon a few times...and it was great fun! Does anyone else remember visiting it? I remember the man that ran in on behalf of the owner saying that it used to make a fair few pounds on a busy day.
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