Friends of the King's Hall & Winter Garden, Ilkley
DescriptionThe Friends of the King's Hall & Winter Garden were formed in 2001 with the objective of raising funds towards the refurbishment of this beautiful Edwardian theatre complex for the benefit of Ilkley and the surrounding communities. Since then, the Friends have promoted many concerts and variety shows as fundraisers for essential improvements and restoration of the halls' attractive period features.
An enduring partnership with officers and members of Bradford District Council has been forged. In the past decade major projects have been financed by the local authority with supplementary funding from the Friends including:
New and refurbished seating in the King's Hall
Restoration of the original chandeliers in the King's Hall
Total redecoration of both halls and foyers
Restoration of three tiers of unique Art Deco "pea" lighting in the Winter Garden
The �250,000 renewal of the Winter Garden's magnificent lantern roof funded by Bradford Council
Upgraded sound amplification and stage lighting
Refurbishment of dressing rooms and backstage areas
Total modernisation of kitchen and catering facilities thereby enabling the King's Hall & Winter Garden to host weddings and banquets for up to 250 guests
Restoration of the upstairs Bar in the Winter Garden and the provision of a mobile Bar downstairs to speed up customer service
The installation of a lift in the Winter Garden has made the balcony areas of both halls accessible to patrons with mobility problems
Become a Friend and help to safeguard the future of the King's Hall and Winter Garden
Membership of the Friends is open to one and all regardless of age, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability.
Organisations hiring the King's Hall and Winter Garden for the promotion of events are actively encouraged to join the Friends as an affiliated group member. An affiliated group has the power to nominate a representative to serve on the General Committee.
Membership costs just �18 for twelve month's subscription. This modest amount includes "earlybird" priority booking arrangements for "headline" concerts and events promoted by the Friends.
The Friends of the King's Hall & Winter Garden gratefully acknowledge project grants from Ilkley Parish Council and Ilkley Round Table.