This was The Beatles’ second live appearance in the city of Coventry in Warwickshire; their first had taken place at the Matrix Hall on 17 November 1962.
The Coventry Theatre stood on Hales Street in Coventry. It opened as the New Hippodrome Theatre in November 1937, and changed its name in 1955.
The theatre had seating for 1,014 in the stalls, 640 in the dress circle and 462 in the upper circle, with an additional 20 seats in each of the boxes.
A popular venue for rock music, it saw concerts by The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Queen. However, the Art Deco theatre was demolished in 2002 to make way for the city’s Millennium Place redevelopment.
The Beatles had a rare day off after this concert, and continued their UK tour on 26 February in Leigh, Lancashire. They performed once more at the Coventry Theatre, on Sunday 17 November 1963, a year to the day after their first show in the city.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL, USA
- 2011: Paul McCartney to write for New York City Ballet
- 2009: Unreleased 11-minute mix of Revolution 1 surfaces
- 1986: UK album release: Live In New York City by John Lennon
- 1970: Recording, mixing: Blue Turning Grey Over You by Ringo Starr
- 1970: Mixing: Hot As Sun, Every Night by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording, tape copying: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
- 1967: Recording: Lovely Rita
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: YMCA, Hoylake, Wirral
- 1961: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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