Landmark Theatre

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The Promenade, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BZ T: 01271 324242

Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe

Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

The Landmark Theatre is an award winning theatre in the North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Of unusual (even controversial) double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna's Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic brassiere worn by the singer Madonna.

It was built to replace 'The Pavilion Theatre', a Victorian building partly destroyed in a fire during the 1980s and later demolished. The architectural merit of the theatre is widely questioned, since the style of the buildings bears no resemblance whatsoever to any others around it.

There are many who regret the decision of Ilfracombe town planners over the years to pull down Victorian buildings and to replace them with modern structures that do not fit with the character of the town. The Landmark, which - from a distance - looks much like the cooling towers of a power station, represents this unfortunate inclination.