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UK Theatre Demolitions Threaten Local Communities

18th July 2012

The number of UK theatres that have been demolished or sold off has increased in the last year, posing a threat to the local communities for which they are social and cultural centres, according to new research.

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Scarborugh Futurist theatre at risk

18th July 2012

Scarborough’s Futurist is one of 49 theatre buildings across the UK at real risk of being lost forever, according to a theatres group.

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Bexhill Cinema’s the ticket, says Theatres Trust

17th July 2012

The Theatres Trust is backing Bexhill campaigners in their fight to protect the old cinema in Western Road. The owner of the property, Ormiston Trust, is appealing against Rother District Council’s decision not to allow demolition of the building and redevelopment. In the meantime the Theatres Trust has restated its view the building is of “significant heritage” and an “asset of community value”.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion group's plan facing rejection

16th July 2012

The only group bidding to take over the running of a Suffolk theatre looks likely to have its plans rejected. The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe is threatened with closure after owner Suffolk Coastal District Council voted to end its £250,000 annual funding.

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Curtain goes up for new Tiverton Community Arts Theatre

16th July 2012

Tiverton Community Arts Theatre (TCAT) opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday 13 July, when touring company Bish Bash Bosh brought its production of Tin Violin to town. The theatre is based at Tiverton High School, and the committee hope to improve facilities there to encourage more companies to visit Tiverton.

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Firm which evicted Greenwich Playhouse told to stop hostel work

16th July 2012

A hostel company which turfed a popular theatre group out of its premises is being ordered to stop converting the venue into accommodation. Beds and Bars firmly denied it was making room for backpacker accommodation during the Olympics when it ended Greenwich Playhouse’s lease earlier this year. But the firm is being hit with a legal notice by Greenwich Council, warning them to stop converting the space into a 26-bed hostel until they secured appropriate planning permission.

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Community Right to Challenge Grants Programme opens

16th July 2012

The £10.5 million Community Right to Challenge Grants Programme is now accepting applications from voluntary organisations in England that want to take over a local service in order to run it more effectively. The new Localism Act allows voluntary organisations across England to bid to run a service which is currently provided by their local authority that they think they can run more effectively. The Act came into effect on 27 June 2012.

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Why Cameron must not abolish the culture department

16th July 2012

The abolition of the DCMS would be a disaster for the creative industries. As we approach the Olympics, rumours that the government is planning to abolish the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – the creative industries’ place at the cabinet table (as well as heritage, the arts, libraries, sport, the media and tourism to name just a few) – are becoming more widespread, and more grounded.

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Rose Theatre on Bankside to apply for Lottery-funded redevelopment

13th July 2012

Trustees of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre are in the process of submitting a Lottery bid which could see the final section of the site excavated if successful.

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RHWL Arts Team to rejuvenate Tara Arts in Wandsworth

13th July 2012

RHWL Arts Team has been appointed for the renovation of Tara Arts, a cross-cultural theatre in Earlsfield in the London Borough of Wandsworth. RHWL Arts Team’s brief is to upgrade the theatre building and audience experience, boosting capacity to 100 seats, creating a more flexible space for performances, a new rehearsal space and making the venue fully accessible to audience, staff and artists.

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