De La Warr Pavilion
Title: De La Warr Pavilion
Description: Housed in a Grade I listed building, the pavilion gallery shows exhibitions of art, architecture and designs from the 20th century, while the 1,000 seat theatre is host amongst other things to numerous plays, concerts and children's shows. PLEASE NOTE: The De La Warr Pavilion is currently closed to the public as it is undergoing a £7 Million refurbishment. It will re-open in the summer of 2005.
Address: Marina, , Bexhill, East Sussex
Post Code: TN40 1DP
It was the ninth Earl De La Warr who initiated the construction of the Pavilion. At the time he was the mayor of Bexhill and was looking for something to attract visitors to the town. His idea was to hold a competition, where entrants would design an entertainment centre - the project was to be limited to £80,000 and should include a restaurant, concert hall and conference room.
German architect Eric Mendelsohn and Russian architect Serge Chermayeff designed the resulting building. Opened in 1935 and built by Helsby, Hamann and Samuely, it was the first building in the country to be constructed with a steel welded frame. Designed in the 'International Style' and dominating the Bexhill seafront, this stunning Grade I listed building has been the backdrop for many period films and TV dramas such as the Poirot series.
Boasting a recently refurbished 1000-seat theatre, the Pavilion is host to plays, shows, concerts, exhibitions, workshops and debates. If that does not sound appealing, why not visit the gallery, the cafe-bar, relax in the sheltered sun terraces or marvel at the architecture during a guided tour of the building.