Taken from the book: Ryde Isle of Wight Its Sports and Attractions:
Spencer Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight
An excellently-designed building, just completed, with all up-to-date appointments for the convenience of Members; its ventilation and sanitary arrangements have been carefully studied. The Club contains a spacious, well-lighted Billiard Room, with two tables by noted makers; Reading and Card Rooms, well supplied and comfortably furnished. The subscription is one guinea per annum; entrance fee 10s 6d. Visitors can avail themselves of the advantages of the Club as temporary members on introduction, terms 5s per month. Further information can be obtained from the Hon Sec, Mr H G Nutt.
Ryde boasts of possessing one of the best provincial theatres in the country, and the only one in the Isle of Wight. It has lately been re-decorated, and the comfort of the audience been extremely well catered for. Many of the best London companies visit Ryde during the year, and the prices charged are very moderate – the usual prices being from 4s to 6d. The town also possesses a first-rate Amateur Dramatic Company, who perform periodically for charities and always attract large houses. (The Theatre Royal suffered a catastrophic fire on the night of Monday, May 19, 1961, and was subsequently demolished.)