Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3PE
This is the junction with Cavendish Place – one of the first streets to be built as part of the Duke of Devonshire’s grand plan for the town. Built in the 1850s, its architectural quality is apparent.
If you cross the road at the traffic lights and continue down Seaside Road, the first road on your right is Queens Gardens. Look at the Building on the corner before the junction, the white and brick one. This was originally the New Hall, built in 1879 by the Eastbourne Improvement Society.
The mission was to bring quality performances to the town at a price below the ‘exhorbitant’ levels being charged at the Devonshire Park. The venture was not too successful, and by 1908 it had been turned into the town’s first permanent cinema. Initially the projector could only run for 10 minutes before overheating. So short films were interspersed with comedy turns while the projector cooled down. These acts were named ‘coolers’. The cinema was later re-named as the Tivoli.