The Lyceum Theatre

The new theatre which Norwegians would have visited was built in 1936, replacing the 1912 Lyceum building on the same site.[1] At its opening the chairman Mr McKerrow said that although mainly a cinema, “care has been taken to have it fully equipped for the production of all kinds of dramatic art”, and so it was that many famous comedians and musicians performed there, including Dave Willis and Alfredo Campoli.[2] During a visit in 1962 King Olav himself received the freedom of Dumfries in a ceremony at the Lyceum. The building was located close to the County Hotel, and was demolished in September 1969.[3] The Loreburne Shopping Centre now occupies that space.

[1] SCRAN website, ‘Lyceum Theatre Dumfries’ page [accessed 23.3.2017] <http://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-000-145-890-C>

[2] Giancarlo Rinaldi, Great Dumfries Stories (Glasgow: Bell & Bain, 2005), p.27

[3] Giancarlo Rinaldi, Great Dumfries Stories (Glasgow: Bell & Bain, 2005), p.28

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