The address of the Theatre is 33, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT.
It is situated two streets north of Blackpool Tower, next door but one to Marks & Spencer and diagonally across the road from BHS. From the promenade, walk inland at the corner of Harry Ramsden’s Fish & Chip restaurant, across from the TIC.
Traffic into Church Street is restricted to buses, taxis and pedestrians, with the exception of blue badge holders, who are permitted to pull up onto the pedestrian area in front of the theatre, to drop off passengers. Otherwise, cars can drop off passengers at the junction of West Street and Corporation Street.
The Blackpool Grand Theatre together with Blackpool council sells discounted car parking tickets for West Street Car Park FY1 1HA. This covers a period from 5:30pm up to 12:30am and costs £2.50. For up to date information on road works, parking and blue badge holder concessions please visit the council’s website blackpool.gov.uk.
Virtually all Blackpool Transport buses and trams stop in or near the town centre, within a five minute walk of the Theatre. The town centre routes for the buses change at various times of the year, such as during the Illumination period. Details are always available at the Blackpool Transport offices, situated on Market Street at the opposite side of BHS to the one facing the Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Blackpool North Train station is just off Talbot Road and is around a ten minute walk away.
The promenade is a shared space for motorists and pedestrians. Church Street itself can be very busy with passing buses and taxis throughout the day and evening. There are a number of benches and items of street furniture, such as bicycle-to-hire- stands. Depending on the time of year there may be display installations, outdoor market stalls or mobile performance stages.
There is a taxi rank across the road from the theatre. There is a taxi phone immediately inside the front doors of the theatre, on the left as you enter.
The six front doors curve around the corner of the Grand Theatre entrance. They are period doors, with glazed panels in wooden frames which open outwards into the street. The doors to the left as you approach the building are normally held open immediately prior to a performance. There is level access into the foyer. The Box Office is situated opposite the front doors.
The foyer is restricted in size, and there a number of display boards, leaflet stands, and tables with merchandise. There are approximately 20 steps to the Dress Circle area up a staircase to the left of the foyer. The Upper Circle is up 40 steps, the staircase to the right. The stalls are down 8 steps, or there is level access via the Matchams Bar, which can be entered from outside the theatre.
For the Gallery walk around the outside of the building until you reach Matchams Court at the rear of the theatre. There is an entrance here with 55 steps up to the Gallery seating.
There are toilet facilities on every level, apart from the foyer. Toilets for Stalls patrons are on the corridor leading down the steps to the Stalls, and also inside the auditorium, at the rear audience right, next to the entrance to the Matchams Bar.
In the Dress Circle, the Ladies toilets are in the auditorium at the back, the gents one floor further up next to the Dress Circle bar.
Please ask a member of staff for your headset and large print or Braille cast list. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.
The auditorium is restored to the Victorian style as designed by Frank Matcham. In the stalls the seating is arranged in two blocks and the floor slopes down gently towards the stage. The seats are flip-up. There are also designated wheelchair spaces.
In the Dress Circle there are stepped aisles and the seating is in four blocks which curve around in a horseshoe shape. The Upper circle also has stepped aisles and the seating is in three blocks. The Gallery is steeply tiered and has Victorian style bench seats without backrests.
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful Information and Contact Details
Guide dogs are welcome at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and can accompany their owners into the auditorium. However, please note that Front of House staff are unable to look after guide dogs during the performance. If you wish your dog to stay with you in the auditorium, please ensure that you have booked an aisle seat.
The theatre brochure is available in large print or as an audio CD. You can obtain this by contacting the theatre Box Office or via the theatre’s website blackpoolgrand.co.uk
To contact the theatre Box Office, or if you have any other queries regarding your visit, please call 01253 290190.