During the World War I, the Coronation Bandstand was converted into sleeping quarters for use by the Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1925, the bandstand was refurbished and reopened as the 600-seat Westgate Pavilion theatre.
On 27 April 1944 a Liberator aircraft from the 392nd USAAF bombing group Based in East Anglia near Wendling, Norfolk, crashed off the beach, adjacent to the Westgate Pavilion, with five of the crew killed and four injured in the crash. A special memorial service was held for the crew by the Mayor of Margate and veterans organisations on 27 April 2009 at the war memorial overlooking the crash site.
From the 1970s to the 1990s, the Westgate Pavilion was a bingo hall, after which it closed and became derelict. In 2001, a group of volunteers formed a charitable trust to repair the pavilion and it was eventually reopened as a theatre.
In addition to the theatre, the Westgate Pavilion is a venue for discos, yoga, indoor bowls and dance classes.
Westgate Pavilion Today
A private Hall Hire venue.
We are a private function room and theatre built into the Kent coastline at Westgate On Sea.Please look through the website to see the activities we offer, or just contact us for your Hall hire requirements.
We are ideal for that private party, wedding or celebration where you need a bit more room than having it at home. With a fully stocked bar, epos tills and fully trained staff we are best placed to suit your needs. An ideal venue for weddings and any kind of events and parties.
The New Westgate Pavilion and Theatre
Established in 2010.
After driving past one day and seeing the pavilion boarded up I enquired about its use. It has been neglected for quite some time then and those interested in the building had to complete a comprehensive business plan. I think we beat about 30 Applicants to take on the Westgate Pavilion and have been improving the facilities for about 4 years now. It’s primary function is a a private function room with weddings and parties being our core business. With fully licensed bar and space for up 300 guests, depending on floor plan used, it’s ideally place to host these types of events.