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“Fabulous cabaret and stand-up comedy venue” 5 of 5 stars
Review of VIVA Cabaret Showbar & Events Suite

VIVA Cabaret Showbar & Events Suite
3 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HJ, England
01253 297 297
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Ranked #5 of 59 Activities in Blackpool
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Situated on the heart of Blackpool's famous promenade, in the shadow of the iconic Tower, VIVA is proud to present year round shows starring the Outrageous Leye D Johns and his award winning show team. Situated on the site of 2 former theatres and the department store Lewis's with entrances on Bank Hey Street and Church Street, the former Mecca Bingo premises boasts an incredible Cabaret Theatre Showbar Room holding up to 630 people. Alongside this is the brand new 'Round Room' which is a VIP style bar seating up to 120 people available for small shows and private parties. All rooms in the venue are available for private events, weddings, conferences and functions - we're now taking bookings for Dinner & Show packages, Show only and Functions.
Brussels, Belgium
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“Fabulous cabaret and stand-up comedy venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Fabulous cabaret and stand-up comedy venue where I had a great night out with friends. Lee and the whole show team provided us with great entertainment and lots of laughter! Will definatly be going back there on my next visit to Blackpool.

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“good evening entertainment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Good cabaret act. Dancing girls great. Comedian OK, pushed the gay bit a lot. Not sure that's what family entertainment is all about. Singers were good, but I wish they would find some new material. We saw it last year and were very impressed. However, this time, we felt it was needing change.

Visited April 2014
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Martin H, Owner at VIVA Cabaret Showbar & Events Suite, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hey there,

I'm sorry to read this review and that you were disappointed on your second visit - especially when you compare it against your previous visit when Leye's brand of camp comedy is highly praised. This time round, seems you have a totally different opinion of it and that's a shame.

We don't advertise the venue as family entertainment. If you can see a single advert where we advertise as much, please by all means let us know. What we say is that we allow all ages into the venue at parent's discretion. This means that we curb down the content to a level we feel is acceptable for parents to make an informed decision as to whether they feel it suitable for them to take children to the show. I don't think we can say any fairer than that really and stand by our venue as welcome to all who understand what Viva is all about.

The show changes 3 times a year - with the main changes coming in the higher budget Summer & Christmas shows. Our Spring show is a 'Best Of' show with a couple of new bits thrown in. It's been received really well and gets great reviews as you can see here on TripAdvisor. I'm sorry you feel it was needing a change, but please take into consideration that it is out of season here in Blackpool and we tailor the show to the time of year with bigger budget shows appearing in the busier peak season.

Hope to see you again in the near future to check out our summer show starting on July 25th

Kind Regards
Martin
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“Great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Excellent night, food and service could not be faulted. All customers well looked after from the meal to the final part of the show at 12 Midnight. Show was a great mix of dancing, comedy and music. Hidden gem, which we stumbled upon and would highly recommend.

Visited April 2014
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“Fantastic Evening of Entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Myself and 13 friends went along to Viva's last night and had the most amazing evening. The acts were fantastic and there was something for everyone. The singing was fantastic and the dancing brilliant. Best of all was the host, Lee, he kept the audience entertained with his fantastic personality and humour and had us all in stitiches. Definately a place to visit for a fun packed night out. There were waiters tending to drinks orders at your tables which meant you didnt miss any of the acts by having to go to the bar. Just brilliant, thank you all involved

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“Visit on Friday 18th April - Good Friday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Well went to Viva and showed friends the venue and the show - there were 4 of us and I have to say nothing can be faulted in the place. The new show was brilliant - great singing from the entertainers and a good rapport from Leye too. Everyone was well entertained by all three entertainers. The lighting and sound was well managed - everything was clear and again brilliant. The staff were helpful and hard working too. This has to be one of the best venues in Blackpool - and is highly recommended to anyone - both resident or visitor - to come to for a great evening's entertainment. Well done viva you continue to produce a fantastic venue and show.

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