Gorleston Pavilion

Place of entertainment

Gorleston Pavilion was built in 1898-1901 and was designed by the Borough Engineer J. W. Cockrill assisted by his son, O. H. Cockrill. Originally it was a shelter hall with open sides and has been a place of entertainment ever since. It is an important example of the early use of modern terracotta and glazed tiles and is completed in Belgian Gothic style imitating St Catherine's Church, Brussels. It has copper domes on the four corner towers.

The Theatres Trust comments: the exterior promises more than the interior now delivers, but this is still an impressive late Victorian seaside pavilion. Red brick with single storey entrance block in front of a two storey concert hall with an advanced centre flanked by short towers with domes. Brick cornices, terra cotta balustrades and decorative panels, with much stained glass, all in an exuberant Art Nouveau manner. Unsympathetic modern entrance canopy. The flat-floored, relatively plain concert hall interior has a three-row end balcony and iron arched girders. The 1919 proscenium arch is decorated with nymphs and garlands. No fly-tower and limited wing space. The current 300 capacity cabaret style seating arrangement of tables and chairs on one level allows full access for wheelchairs.

It is listed, Grade II.