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Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 July, 2020.

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Opera House

Open 2020+

88 Mount Pleasant Road

Royal Tunbridge Wells

01892 511770

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/opera-house

https://whatpub.com/opera-house

Opera House

Above photo, date unknown. The figure of Mercury balanced on tiptoe is sadly no longer there.

Opera House 2011

Photo taken 19 March 2011 from http://www.flickr.com by Dayoff171.

Royal Opera House 2018

Above photo, 2018.

 

This Wetherspoon pub was originally built as an opera house, which opened in 1902. It became a cinema in 1931 and, nearly 40 years later, made the transition into a bingo hall.

 

From the https://www.kentlive.news By Will Rider, 25 October 2019.

Inside the Tunbridge Wells Opera House - the most stunning Wetherspoons in Kent.

J D Wetherspoon took over the site in 1996 before transforming it into a public house.

Wetherspoon pubs are scattered across every part of Kent but one in particular stands out.

The Opera House in Tunbridge Wells provides a stunning setting for punters right in the heart of town.

Designed by John Briggs, the Mount Pleasant Road opera house originally opened in 1902.

It was converted into a cinema after being bought in 1931 before becoming a bingo hall in the 1960s.

The building was bought by J.D Wetherspoon in 1996 and to this day still shows occasional opera performances.

The ground floor and former stage are used as the seating areas with the upper tiers and boxes generally unused.

An exception was made for the 2018 Football World Cup with scores of England fans flooding into the dress circle to watch the matches of an a large projector screen.

Take a look at the photos below to find out what it's really like inside.

Opera House inside 2020

The view from the front door as you enter.

Opera House inside 2020

The stalls have been converted into an eating and drinking area.

Opera House inside 2020

The private boxes overlooking the stage.

Opera House inside 2020

The view from the stage onto the stalls and circles.

Opera House inside 2020

A bar has been put in at the back of the stage.

Opera House inside 2020

A closer look at the stage bar.

Opera House inside 2020

The stairs lead to the upper tiers.

Opera House inside 2020

The entrance to the dress circle.

Opera House inside 2020

The view from the back of the dress circle overlooking the stage.

Opera House inside 2020

A look behind one of the private boxes in the dress circle.

Opera House inside 2020

The view onto the stage from the upper circle.

Opera House inside 2020

The old seats in the upper tier.

Opera House inside 2020

An ashtray fixed between the seats on the upper tier.

Opera House inside 2020

The view from the highest point of the theatre looking down onto the stage.

Opera House inside 2020

A framed programme from a 1946 production of Miss Hook of Holland.

 

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