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The Theatres Trust unveils its specialist theatre buildings Reference Library

4th April 2012

The Theatres Trust officially launches its newly catalogued 1500-strong specialist Reference Library on theatre buildings at the Trust’s Resource Centre in the heart of the West End today. The Theatres Trust has created its own specific classification system which covers 34 unique categories ranging from theatre architecture and design and the history of theatres, to set design, acoustics and theatre management.

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Historic Edinburgh Odeon has listing upgraded from B to A

4th April 2012

The former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street has been upgraded from a category B to a category A-listed building by heritage body Historic Scotland. Said to be the only remaining ‘semi-atmospheric’ cinema in Scotland, the building is now deemed one of around 10,000 examples of “national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.”

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Arts Council cash boost brings Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal fundraising target another step closer

3rd April 2012

The New Theatre Royal is on the brink of reaching the £4m target needed to radically redevelop part of the fire-damaged playhouse. Portsmouth’s oldest theatre is to be awarded a £750,000 grant from Arts Council England – one only four places in the south to receive money in the latest round of grants. This means work can finally start on restoring and expanding the areas of the Guildhall Walk playhouse’s backlot that were destroyed by fire in 1972.

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Witney Corn Exchange revamp design contest

3rd April 2012

Witney Town Council has launched a design contest for its Grade II-listed Corn Exchange Theatre, which closed last year Seeking new uses for the 1863 building, the project requires entrants to submit proposals for three options covering refurbishment, remodelling and redevelopment.

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Farrells to masterplan Ally Pally regeneration

2nd April 2012

Alexandra Palace has appointed Terry Farall & Partners to undertake strategic spatial masterplanning work for the regeneration of the historic Grade II listed destination and entertainment venue in North London. The complex regeneration of Alexandra Palace began last year. It will see the much loved Palace, which has been entertaining people for almost 140 years, repaired and restored to ensure a sustainable future as a live music, sports and events destination, building on its rich heritage.

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New plans for Bradford's former Odeon proposed by anonymous developer

1st April 2012

A developer has drawn up plans which it is hoped will save Bradford’s former Odeon from demolition. The developer, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to buy the building, restore it and turn it into a performing arts centre.

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London venues win half of ACE's capital development arts budget

30th March 2012

Four of the most acclaimed cultural venues in London are to receive nearly half of the Arts Council England £114?million refurbishment budget.

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Blog: John Holden's arts and culture policy shopping list for No 10

30th March 2012

In the wake of the Conservative cash-for-access scandal, John Holden considers the policies he would take to dinner at No 10.

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Darlington new arts venue loses out on potential £3m ACE funding

30th March 2012

A bid for £3m of funding for a new arts hub in Darlington has been rejected. Councillor Nick Wallis said he was “disappointed” with the decision by the Arts Council not to fund the new art hub next to the Dolphin Centre. The Arts Council, however, say they will continue to work with the council to develop a potential new bid for the next round of funding.

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Blog: Data culture #1: back to (data) basics

29th March 2012

Kicking of his adventure in arts data, Patrick Hussey explores the potential of a sector-wide database – are we ready to share? for The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network blog.


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