History of City Hall

Since our doors first opened in 1937, City Hall has been the location for live entertainment in Salisbury.

Today, City Hall is Wiltshire's largest entertainment venue which presents a wide-ranging programme including some of the best names in live entertainment.

The flexible auditorium has hosted everything from large pop and rock concerts such as Morrissey to full orchestral concerts such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

As a multi functional venue, City Hall also hosts many other private events from small meetings to large conferences, private dinners, exhibitions and even the BBC's Question Time!

The City Hall team also work closely with Salisbury promoters and amateur groups to help give local talent exposure throughout the year.

70 Years of Entertainment

The New Picture House (City Hall) first opened its doors to the public in 1937. Features from the original art deco building are still visible, particularly the old entrance on Fisherton Street. The venue operated as a cinema until 1961 when it was bought by the District Council and converted into a public hall.

The venue thrived in the Sixties and hosted nearly all of the biggest acts of the decade, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie to mention but a few! When The Kinks appeared in 1965, a riot almost ensured as girls rushed the stage trying to reach the band.

The modern day City Hall is the largest venue between Bristol and Bournemouth, offering a 953 seat, flexible main hall, together with two ancilliary suites. Recent artists appearing at the City Hall include Supergrass, Jimmy Carr, Seth Lakeman, John Bishop, Morrissey and the Chuckle Brothers.