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Poster advertising the London Pavilion 971

Poster advertising the London Pavilion 971

Printer: Smith, Walter

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Evan.971

Item number: 971

Genre: Poster

The London Pavilion style itself as the first ‘Music Hall De Luxe’ in the capital. Opened in the west end in February 1861, the site had previously being used as a venue for an ice skating rink and a waxwork museum. The hall was eventually demolished in 1885 to make way for Shaftesbury Avenue.

Music hall was a vital element of working class culture and entertainment in London, offering a variety of attractions and amenities. Food was included in the admission price and alcohol could be purchased cheaply in the auditorium.

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