A buzz of excitement passed through the night time streets of St Helier this week following news that the Alhambra was to reopen. The popular theatre and picture house in Peter Street has been shut since 1915, closed by government order over concerns that Jersey people were enjoying too much frivolous merriment during wartime. Of St Helier’s three theatres / picture houses, the decision was that one would have to close. Despite a petition against, the Alhambra was the one selected.
Now, with the war over, the venue has been permitted to recommence business. Its proprietor, Mr David Williams, has worked hard to prepare for the opening night. Fortunately, he was able to call upon most of the Alhambra’s original staff, all willing to return to their old positions. There was a full house on the grand opening night, expecting to enjoy a packed programme of live entertainment and film screenings.
Regrettably, it soon became clear that due to a problem with the projection equipment no films would be shown. Yet this did little to dampen the spirits of either the audience or the proprietor, who expressed his great delight at being back.
A/E/11/15 contains information on the original order to close the Alhambra and a petition for it to remain open.