A Victorian Music Hall
Music hall in London had its origins in entertainment provided in the new style saloon bars of public houses in the 1830s.
These venues replaced earlier semi-rural amusements provided at traditional fairs and suburban pleasure gardens such as Vauxhall Gardens and the Cremorne Gardens.
The music hall as we know it developed from such establishments in the 1850s and were built up in and on the grounds of public houses.
Such establishments were distinguished from theatres, by the fact that in a music hall you would be seated at a table in the auditorium and could imbibe liquid refreshment of an alcoholic nature whilst watching the show. In a theatre, by contrast, the audience was seated in stalls and there was a separate bar-room.
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