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Last Minute Proposal to Refurbish & Reopen Futurist Theatre by Yorkshire Businessman

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A last minute proposal that would see the Futurist Theatre refurbished and reopened has been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council by Leeds based businessman Jamie Hudson.

The detailed 23 page document presents a new business model that could see The Futurist re-opened in early 2016 after a £750,000 partial refurbishment.

Mr Hudson is quoted by 'ScarboroughsFuture' as saying:

"The Futurist theatre is far too good to lose. It can be a vital tool to catalyse tourism, business and educational growth in Scarborough. Our proposal would be to refurbish the theatre gradually over 3 years, but an instant exterior, interior and backstage improvement would be top of our agenda."

Mr Hudson's proposal details how the theatre could be run without financial support from Scarborough Borough Council and gives detailed information on the types of shows and events The Futurist would produce.

Mr Hudson goes on to say:

"For the Futurist to reopen it is going to have a very different business model to it's previous management. We specialise in producing shows, so the majority of the productions that will be presented will be created in house. We will also have a greater variety of entertainment including live music, comedy and maybe film."

The proposal also outlines plans to produce a Summer Season of well known musicals which would attract new audiences to Scarborough.

In year 2, the proposal says that the theatre would produce a multi-million pound 'Christmas Spectacular' production.

Mr Hudson has a track record of saving theatres after being on the Royal Hall Trust in Harrogate and helping to raise £2.6M to save the theatre. He is also currently saving a large municipal town hall near Leeds.

"My business was started by Robert Luff who owned this theatre from the mid 60's through to the 80's, so naturally I have got an strong attachment to the place - it's got a superb auditorium that Scarborough Borough Council need to save." added Mr Hudson.

ScarboroughsFuture say they will release further information on the latest bid to save the Futurist Theatre once SBC respond to the initial proposal.

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Last Minute Proposal to Refurbish & Reopen Futurist Theatre by Yorkshire Businessman Reviewed by Editor on 22:12:00 Rating: 5


  1. Seems to make sense, unfortunately, SBC have their own agenda on this one and demolition of The Futurist and its replacement by a big dipper and a modern version of the 'tunnel of love' their preferred and only option. We need Councillors with a bit more vision and inspiration in charge of things like this, the election is coming up, time for some young blood to be infused at St.Nicholas Strasse.

  2. Do you honestly think our council will got for this? !!!!

  3. Really hope this happens. We have lost so many of Scarborough's lovely historic buildings. The futurist has so much potential. Fingers crossed it will be saved...


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