In the 1920s Fleetwood’s coastline underwent a number of developments including the widening of the outer promenade area and new sea defences put in place. As the town of Fleetwood grew it became increasingly obvious that there was a need for a public hall for entertainment, conferences and winter activities.
In 1935 the impressive art-deco styled Marine Hall was opened by Lady Stanley and local newspapers reported that there ‘few places so fortunate in having the natural setting to enhance a building of this description’. Upon its opening, the Marine Hall boasted a concert hall with the capacity of 1000 and hoped to attract high profile concerts, ballet and music below its ornamental domed ceiling.
The Marine Hall boasted extensive sun-colonnades which encase the gardens and protect visitors from the sea-wind as well as providing a stunning backdrop for reading and relaxation. Further recreational activities were also catered for with bowling greens, pitch and putt courses and vibrant floral displays.
In 2015, the Marine Hall’s iconic dome received a funding grant to remove the protective layer that restricted sunlight filtering through the glass. The removal of the filter ensures sunlight can shine through the dome, accentuating the stunning designs in stained leaded glass on the dome which feature galleons and the Fleetwood Coast of Arms depicted at eight points in the circle of the dome. Given that the dome can now be seen from outside, it is hoped to be lit up with different coloured lights for various occasions.
The Marine Hall has hosted many high profile events through the years including Charlie Cairoli, The Marine Follies and a number of well-respected orchestras; one of its most celebrated events was a visit from The Beatles in 1962. Fleetwood-raised Alfie Boe had his first operatic performance in the Marine Hall and continues to have close ties with the town- often returning for performances in the Fleetwood FC football ground.