Live: Gaumont Cinema, Taunton

8.00pm, Thursday 5 September 1963 (50 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ second and final appearance in Taunton, Somerset. The first had also been at the Gaumont Cinema, on 26 February 1963, as part of the Helen Shapiro tour.

This was the second of four consecutive concerts promoted by John Smith. They were Brian Epstein as a result of the cancellation of several Mersey Beat Showcase nights earlier in 1963. For each of the concerts The Beatles earned £250.

The venue opened as the Gaumont Palace Theatre in July 1932. Its stage was 75 feet wide and 21 feet deep. In 1969 it became the Odeon but was converted to a bingo hall in 1981.

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