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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

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The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade One listed building, located on the seafront at Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, on the south coast of England.The Art Deco and International Style building was designed by the architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and constructed in 1935. Although sometimes claimed to be the first major Modernist public building in Britain, it was in fact preceded by some months by the Dutch-influenced Hornsey Town Hall.HistoryThe new seafront building was the result of an architectural competition initiated by Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr, after whom the building was named.The 9th Earl, a committed socialist and Mayor of Bexhill, persuaded Bexhill council to develop the site as a public building. The competition was announced in the Architects' Journal in February 1934, with a programme that specified an entertainment hall to seat at least 1500 people; a 200-seat restaurant; a reading room; and a lounge. Initially, the budget for the project was limited to £50,000, although this was later raised to £80,000. Run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, this competition attracted over 230 entrants, many of them practicing in the Modernist style.
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  • I visited De La Warr several times now and it is a wonderful place to have a drink, go to a concert, view an exhibition or simply admire the architecture. It is wonderful to go for a walk on the prome...  more »
  • Attended the De La Warr pavilion for the first time to see a Vintage Trouble gig. The main auditorium is a good size with excellent acoustics making Vintage Trouble sound as brilliant as they are. The...  more »
  • A great gig. Thanks Rick. First visit to this theatre. It's lovely and intimate. Although the theatre was full, there were no massive queue's for a drink at the interval, or the loos. A very well run ...  more »
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  • Great venue. Getting more and more current and quality live acts now. Do a nice pale ale which helps! Also have had some great exhibitions here.
  • Legendary arts and exhibition centre. Fantastic art deco building right on the beach, an attraction in its own right. Right on the beach you can enjoy coffee and cake outside on the veranda watching the waves. Perfect.
  • Completed in 1935, this lovingly-restored modernist masterpiece is an icon of international art deco and streamline moderne movements. Appropriately, it houses temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, which - astonishingly - are free to view. The sweeping horizontal lines and clean exterior recall at various points a steamliner, Zeppelin, and industrial warehouse: all conscious associations for the architects. As you stand on the veranda and gaze out over the Channel, it's hard not to feel like a character from a 1930s murder mystery.
  • A must visit when in Bexhill. Free gallery/exhibitions and good venue for tea/food too. Nice toilets.
  • Beautiful building. Classy place to have a drink and watch the sea. Shame bar isnt open later, shut at 6 when i was there