Postcard Coliseum Circus building Bristol

Circus of Varieties

The Circus of Varieties was situated on Park Row in Bristol and, as far as I have been able to ascertain, the building was put to a number of uses over the years including a Roller Skating Rink, an exhibition hall, and a Cinema called the Coliseum Picture Theatre, which opened in 1912 and closed in 1924. During WW1 the building was even in use as an aircraft factory.

The building was situated opposite the former Prince’s Theatre which was destroyed during WW2 on the 24th of November 1940. The Coliseum building was itself mostly destroyed at the same time but a part of its facade remains to this day, behind which is now the Bristol University School of Engineering.

Arthur Lloyd and his wife Katty King are known to have performed at the Circus of Varieties on the 30th of May 1887.

It might be a coincidence but it appears there was a building plan deposited in 1886-1887 to construct a circus by a Mr Howell for Sanger. The Circus Collection is currently checking if this concerns the same venue and if the plans were actually realized.


52 Park Row
Bristol BS1 5LH

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