Futurist Theatre Set to be Demolished After Third Appeal is Rejected
Entertainment and performing arts website The Stage have reported that Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre looks set to be demolished after a third appeal to get the venue listed was rejected.
Last year, a study called into question the viability of demolishing the council-owned theatre, as parts of the building helped support the cliff behind it.
Despite this, a third appeal by campaign group Save the Futurist to make the theatre a grade II-listed building has been rejected by Historic England.
Historic England said it was not listing the venue because it “does not demonstrate the level of architectural ambition which was being applied to other cinemas in the 1920s”.
The theatre’s former operator Barrie Stead told The Stage:
“It’s now run out of time, it’s run out of appeals for listing and that’s basically, as I see it, the end of 90 years of entertainment. And it’s a shame because it’s quite unique to have a 2,000-seat theatre, it was the biggest theatre in the North Yorkshire region.”
Scarborough Borough Council boarded up the theatre in 2014 because it could not find a new operator.
Later in the year Flamingo Land were revealed as mystery bidder interested in redeveloping the site , with plans to demolish the theatre and build a new complex, including a glass-roofed botanical garden and rollercoaster.
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