Popular tribute band The Threetles have joined forces with the Rainy City Roller Girls to reprise a legendary evening, that took place exactly 50 years ago.
On the 12th of February, the King street venue we now know as the Thunderdome will for one night only see a return to its musical heyday, as Beatle-Mania takes over to raise money for two local charities, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Saddleworth Cancer Support Group.
The gig will be recreated as close as possible with The Threetles playing two sets just as the Beatles did. Projected films from the 60s, pathé newsreels and shots from Oldham in the 60’s will set the scene as they hope to create a truly retro experience. Adding to the experience on the night will be supporting orchestras and the Rainy City Roller Girls.
The building started life as the Grand Theatre, opening in December 1908. It was radically altered in 1937 by Gaumont Super Cinemas and became the Astoria Theatre, and it was then that the Beatles made a number of appearances there.
However in the late 1960s the building was once again transformed, this time into a bowling alley. The stage was removed and it looked as though it would never again play host to a live band. In the years since, the building was a nightclub and a pool hall, before sadly spending many years vacant and looking sorry for itself. However, when an application for demolition was turned down, the grand old theatre found a new lease of life. The lower floor is now The Leisure Lounge, and the upper floor became The Thunderdome, home to the Rainy City Roller Girls. Read about how we transformed the derelict space here.