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Willoughby's nightclub in Broad Street, Stamford to stay closed - for now




A business has quashed rumours that Stamford’s nightclub is closed for good.

On Monday (July 19), nightclubs were able to welcome back clubbers for the first time since early 2020 as part of the final phase of the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

But Willoughby’s Bar and Club in Stamford’s Broad Street is keeping the doors of the iconic art deco building closed.

Willoughby's Bar in Broad Street, Stamford
Willoughby's Bar in Broad Street, Stamford

In a post on social media, the business said: “Due to uncertainty about further lockdowns Willoughby’s will not be opening until further notice.”

But clubbers won’t be deprived of the venue forever as the Mercury understands that there is potential for it to reopen.

The announcement that the nightclub would not open this week resulted in rumours on social media and around the town that the building would be turned into flats.

A smashed window at Willoughby's Nightclub in Stamford
A smashed window at Willoughby's Nightclub in Stamford

The site of the Central building, which stands on the corner of Silver Lane, has an interesting history, having started out as a showroom for the Blackstone Oil Engine Company.

It was then refitted as a cinema in 1926, but caught fire in 1937 - one of three cinemas in Stamford to burn down in little more than a decade.

A specialist cinema architect, George Coles, was brought in from London to rebuild the cinema in its current art deco style.

It showed its final film in January 1989.

The building then stood empty before being turned into a nightclub which opened in 1994. For many years it was called Central before being renamed Willoughby’s.



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