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Soft market test for Thornton Little Theatre


Wyre Council is keen to explore options for the future operation of Thornton Little Theatre. The council’s aspiration is to collaborate with an organisation who can develop a commercial business plan to operate the facility whilst also being able to offer the local entertainment, cultural and community groups who currently use the facility access to it on fair commercial terms.

Thornton Little Theatre opened in November 1938 as Thornton Lecture Hall, and holds a prominent position at Four Lane Ends, Fleetwood Road. The venue has benefitted from investment over the last twenty years, with an extensive refurbishment taking place in 2003 (when it was renamed Thornton Little Theatre) and with further investment of £200,000 in 2010 to install a new entrance foyer, disabled access front and rear, a permanent bar area and a separate multi-function room (The Studio Room).

Thornton Little Theatres’ unique selling points are its location in the heart of Thornton, its size and free parking for 54 vehicles, 8 disabled vehicle spaces and its EV charge points. The main auditorium has fixed seating for 197 plus capacity for 300 standing. There is a separate area internally called “The Studio Room”, this has a capacity for 30 people and can be used either as a meeting space or as changing rooms for larger groups using the main theatre. The current annual entertainment programme offers a wide range of shows and events, with top international performers, independent local groups, and dance schools using the facilities. The commercial opportunities for the facility have scope for further development. More information is available at

Primarily, we are committed to seeking a way forward to maximise this unique community asset and enhance its contribution to Thornton’s offer as a vibrant and diverse place to live. We are not seeking to dispose of this asset by way of sale at this time.