St George’s Hall is open from 11am-3pm today to showcase its recent refurbishment.
Visitors will learn about its amazing history, from its early beginnings in the Victorian era and how the building has evolved over 165 years. The building has been a classical concert hall, a cinema, rock and pop venue and even an airport departure lounge! Back in the 1960s air travellers had a little relax in the lounge before being taken to Yeadon by coach for their flight – how times have changed!
Self-guided tours will be available on the open day so visitors can delve into facts about the conservation of the venue, as well as browse heritage displays throughout the venue. There’ll be family activities and a cute opportunity for dress-up too, so there’s something for everyone.
I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the new ground floor cafe, with restored mosaic floor. I love a good cafe, and particularly one that serves hot food. Not enough arts venues have a decent food offering on-site (York Theatre Royal have an amazing cafe that served delish hot food, and it really does tempt us to go there before a show).
The extensive refurbishment of St George’s Hall includes major work to the roof, windows, electrics and stone work – plus plenty of improvements that will positively impact audiences, such as seating upgraded to improve sight lines and comfort for its attendees.
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres said: “We are throwing open the doors of St George’s Hall so that everyone can discover just how special the wonderful St George’s Hall is. This is an informal Open Day for all to enjoy. I’m sure you will find out some truly fascinating facts!”
Follow me on Instagram to see my pics of the venue – can’t wait to see what it will be like!