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Date Opened 1867
Venue Capacity 2,075
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Venue Address Colston St
Bristol, City of Bristol BS1, UK

Venue Information

Colston Hall opened as a concert venue on September 20, 1867. The architects were the prolific Bristol firm of Foster & Wood working in the Bristol Byzantine style.

Most of the building was damaged during a fire on September 1, 1898; the auditorium suffered immense structural damage, and the interior was more or less destroyed. The second hall opened in 1901.

The second hall was closed for remodelling in 1935. In December 1936, the third hall was opened. This survived the Luftwaffe air raids of the Second World War, but was burned down in 1945 after a discarded cigarette started a fire.

The hall was rebuilt once more, and the fourth reopened in 1951 to mark the Festival of Britain.

The installation of removable seating in the front half of the stalls in 1999 improved the hall as a venue for pop concerts, providing space for fans to move around and dance in front of the stage; it also increased the overall capacity of the auditorium.

The hall is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.

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