The Pavilion & Horseshoe

The beautiful Pavilion Theatre accommodates up to 600 seated guests providing one of Blackpool’s more intimate show experiences. With its versitility it can form a distinctly different venue for a conference or meeting. The Pavilion Theatre is situated in the centre of the Horseshoe - a semi-circular promenade providing a spacious self-contained exhibition area, with staircase access to the Winter Gardens’ main exhibition hall - Olympia. Dividing partitions between the Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe can be removed to create a larger multi-purpose area.

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1,435 sq m 

Maximum Capacities

Reception - 700

Theatre - 600


A little bit of history .....

Often overshadowed by the Opera House Theatre, the Pavilion is a stunning theatre in its own right. In 1885 it received a new proscenium and private boxes, but was extensively altered in 1897 when the floor was lowered and tilted towards the stage. After entertaining audiences as a cinema with ‘Talkies’ from the early 1930's, it fell into disuse for long periods and only resumed occasional use as a theatre, including old-time music hall shows in the late 1990's.


After more than 130 years in private ownership Blackpool Council purchased the Winter Gardens in March 2010. Funding for the purchases and investment was secured from European Regional Development Fund, Homes and Communities Agency, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Blackpool Council. Following acquisition the Winter Gardens has undergone some major refurbishment including extensive work to the entrances, Dome and Floral Hall, and the opening of the two new dining options – The Mazzei Café and The Empress Grill Room. More projects are in discussion. The Winter Gardens is operated on behalf of Blackpool Council by Crown Entertainment Centres Ltd.