You should be standing by the postbox opposite Buxton Opera House. Look at the postcards below. How much has the building changed over time?
What differences can you see in the building and in the nearby entrance to the Pavilion Gardens? Compare the two postcards, and the view today.
Buxton Opera House has been a town landmark since it first opened in 1903 – it’s been a popular subject for postcards throughout its history.
Buxton Opera House opened in 1903 and soon became a busy and successful theatre. Touring Shakespeare companies, West End shows and ballets were all regular performers. The building was turned into a cinema in 1927.
The building closed in 1976 amidst falling audiences and the need for urgent repairs. Dedicated restoration projects followed in 1979 and again in 1999.
Buxton Opera House continues to thrive and still attracts a host of famous names.
More information about the history of the Opera House visit http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/hisotry-of-building-theatre
(this link won’t work if you don’t have an internet connection right now)