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Arts groups present Conwy civic hall takeover plans

22nd September 2011

Two groups hoping to take over an entertainment venue in Conwy are to present their ideas to councillors. The civic hall next to the quay in Conwy town centre is the county’s third largest theatre after Venue Cymru in Llandudno and Theatr Colwyn. Conwy county borough council says it cannot afford to keep running it.

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Scottish culture funding cut by 3.49% in 2012/13

21st September 2011

Scotland’s cultural sector is to receive lower than expected financial cuts from the Scottish government, with a 3.49% cut to the draft cultural budget for 2012/13 announced today at Holyrood.

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Council looks to tidy up Berwick Playhouse site

21st September 2011

Berwick Town Council is to investigate ways of sprucing up the razed site of the former Playhouse. It is hoped the unsightly rubble there at the moment could be covered and seats and plants introduced to make the site more visually appealing. The council is looking to do something while there remains no immediate prospect of the planning permission for 20 apartments on the site being implemented.

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Pacific Road theatre in Birkenhead to close due to budget cuts

21st September 2011

A council-run theatre in Wirral is to close by the end of the year as part of the local authority’s budget savings. Pacific Road theatre in Birkenhead, along with the neighbouring Transport Museum and Tramway, was put up for sale by Wirral council earlier this year but no suitable operators were found. The council now proposes to remove a stipulation for buyers to continue to run the venue as a theatre. It plans to look for bidders to run the two buildings as a transport museum.

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Harrogate Theatre Trust could run Royal Hall

21st September 2011

The future of Harrogate’s Royal Hall, which cost taxpayers £1,000 a day last year, may have been secured. Councillors have approved plans to begin negotiations for the Harrogate Theatre Trust to take over the venue. The Grade II-listed building was reopened by the Prince of Wales in 2008 after an £11m refurbishment, but lost £360,000 in 2010. The theatre board welcomed the decision and said it hoped negotiations could be concluded soon.

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“Heartbreaking” decision made to close Bournemouth’s Pier Theatre

21st September 2011

The final curtain is set to fall on Bournemouth’s Pier Theatre after its operator said it was losing money and should be turned into an indoor adventure attraction. Bournemouth’s planning board last night voted 7 – 1 for the new plans after hearing that the theatre had lost £300,000 in the past five years.

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RHWL unwraps Watford Colosseum

20th September 2011

[First look + plans] RHWL Arts Team has completed this £5.5 million project to revamp the 1930s Watford Colosseum in Watford, Hertfordshire. The scheme for Watford Borough Council renovated the town’s 1938 C C F Voysey-designed concert hall, adding a new foyer and restaurant. The original architect was the son of Charles Voysey who is known for his association with the Arts and Crafts movement.

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Lowestoft Players to face final act at Marina Theatre?

19th September 2011

A Lowestoft amateur dramatic society is facing the final curtain at the Marina Theatre because of a row over pantomime fees. The Lowestoft Players say that, because of a 155pc hike in a fee to stage their annual pantomime at the Marina, the group will no longer be performing there from the end of the month – ending a 42-year link of performing at district council theatres.

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Waitrose awarded Guildford contract for ex-theatre site

19th September 2011

A supermarket giant has been named as the preferred bidder for the site of a redevelopment in a Surrey town centre. Work on the site of the former Bellerby Theatre in Guildford began last week with the demolition of two buildings. Proposals will see it turned into a supermarket, homes and community facilities, with a planning application due to be submitted early next year.

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Leeds City Varieties reopens with gala performance

19th September 2011

A Grade II*-listed Victorian music hall in West Yorkshire has reopened with a gala performance after a £9.9m refurbishment. Renovation on the City Varieties in Leeds began in 2009 and was carried out in the style of the 1890s. The work has been part-funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with donations from the Friends of City Varieties and The Monument Trust.

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