ABOUT THE BEACON
The Beacon Arts Centre, opened in January 2013, is one of the finest new arts venues in the UK. The Beacon is the replacement for the Greenock Arts Guild Theatre which has served the community of Inverclyde well, for 65 years.
The Beacon is situated at Customhouse Quay in Greenock and overlooks the River Clyde estuary towards the hills of Argyll and Dunbartonshire. There can be few theatres in the country which will enjoy such a spectacular location.
The Beacon has 2 performing spaces, together with a bistro/bar and 3 large rehearsal rooms which can be extended to provide a function suite for up to 170 guests. The new building will use cutting-edge theatre technology as well as providing wi-fi, online bookings and infrastructure for live television broadcasts.
The main stage of the Beacon is one of the largest in Scotland. It will come fully equipped including a full height fly tower with counterweight system, two trap doors, retractable orchestra pit and generous wing space. The theatre can accommodate over 500 patrons on three levels.
Our studio can seat 130 people on retractable bleacher seating and is adaptable as a black box space, which can be used end stage, in the round, cabaret etc.
The Beacon will be a significant new addition to the Scottish theatre and arts scene and will become a venue of choice for touring productions as well as being a vibrant hub for the local community theatre groups within the area.
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ABOUT THE ARTS
The Arts Guild Theatre was the main theatre serving the Inverclyde area for 65 years. Originally, the building (constructed in the 1880s) was a private baths club but when the baths fell into disrepair in the 1930s, Greenock Arts Guild – a group of local amdram enthusiasts, bought the building immediately after the war, and over the following 10 years, raised funds and converted the building to a 500 seat theatre with rehearsal rooms. Indeed, the deep end of the pool became the stage – a fact which has not gone unnoticed by many an actor!!
Over the years, the Guild was the home to about 30 community groups, ranging from music theatre societies and drama clubs to a camera club, speakers’ and writers’ clubs, numerous dance schools and even a Kumon maths group!
Touring professionals played the Guild on a regular basis and some famous faces have also been associated with the Guild over the years – Chic Murray, Duncan McCrae, Dorothy Paul, Elaine C Smith, Peter Morrison and Richard Wilson, to name but a few.
The good burghers of Inverclyde was sorry to see the old girl go. She provided many happy memories for kids from 1 to 92! Unfortunately, though, the building was no longer fit for purpose so waved a fond farewell in December 2012 and we look forward to a new era of entertainment in The Beacon.