The Theatres Trust

Grant funding opens doors for theatre campaigners

19th January 2017

Architectural Heritage Fund supports Burnley Empire Viability Study

Campaigners fighting to rescue and restore a derelict theatre in Burnley have received good news this week. The Architectural Heritage Fund have agreed a Project Viability Fund grant of £4000 towards the second phase of the Burnley Empire Viability Study which will allow the group to undertake a buildings evaluation and assess whether the theatre has a commercially viable future.

The funding was applied for by Theatres Trust, on behalf of the Burnley Empire Stakeholders Group, and will be matched by funding raised by Burnley Empire Theatres Trust (BETT). Other members of the Stakeholders Group include Burnley Council, Burnley College, the University of Central Lancashire and Burnley and District Civic Trust. The first phase of the Viability Study was funded by Theatres Trust and Burnley Council, and concluded in December 2016. The overall aim of the Viability Study is to identify a sustainable future for the Grade II Burnley Empire, and provide support for further funding bids which are likely to be needed to restore the theatre.

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Campaigners joy as Burnley Empire Theatre project is viable

21st November 2016

Volunteers fighting to save Burnley’s 122-year-old former theatre said they are ‘jumping for joy’ after surveyors gave their hopes a massive boost. The Burnley Empire Theatre is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – read the full story with Lancashire Telegraph

Campaigners joy as Burnley Empire Theatre project is viable

Published 21 November 2016


Southborough Hub verdict to be delivered this week by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

7th November 2016

Plans for the proposed Southborough Hub are due to be considered by borough council planning bosses again this week. The Southborough Hub development will replace the Royal Victoria Hall, which is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk register – read the full story with Kent Live

Southborough Hub verdict to be delivered this week by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Published 07 November 2016


Seaside towns struggle to rescue lost empires of entertainment

30th October 2016

Theatres Trust Architecture Adviser, Claire Appleby comments on the number of coastal theatres currently under threat in The Guardian.

“There are an awful lot of theatres under threat around the coastline,” said Claire Appleby, architectural adviser at the Theatres Trust, which produces a register of buildings at risk.

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Dudley Hippodrome deal nears completion after campaigners hold talks

27th October 2016

Campaigners are hopeful a deal to allow them to take over Dudley Hippodrome will be completed next month. Dudley Hippodrome is listed on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – read the full story with Express and Star

Dudley Hippodrome deal nears completion after campaigners hold talks

Published 27 October 2016


Campaign group says restoring Derby's Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome would save £45m

23rd October 2016

Derby’s crumbling Hippodrome should be re-built as a theatre, and the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms refurbished as a concert hall, to save £45 million, campaigners say – read the full story with Derby Telegraph

Campaign group says restoring Derby’s Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome would save £45m

Published 23 October 2016


The rise and fall of Derby's Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome

23rd October 2016

As Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust puts forward its plans to renovate and repair the Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome – the Derby Telegraph has looked at the fortune of the two buildings. Derby Hippodrome currently features on the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – read the full story with Derby Telegraph

The rise and fall of Derby’s Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome

Published 23 October 2016


Could Swansea's historic Palace Theatre be saved by student flats?

17th October 2016

Student flats could be the answer to Swansea’s Palace Theatre if they brought the building back into use, a conservation expert has said. The Palace Theatre is currently one of four theatres in Wales to feature on the register – read the full story with South Wales Evening Post

Could Swansea’s historic Palace Theatre be saved by student flats?

Published 16 October 2016


Could more be done to save the Futurist theatre?

17th October 2016

Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre is the subject of a reader’s letter to the The Scarborough News. The Futurist Theatre currently sits at number ten in the Theatre Buildings at Risk register for 2016 which was announced in September – read the full story with The Scarborough News

Could more be done to save the Futurist theatre?

Published 14 October 2016


Relief as Burnley's Empire Theatre taken off auction list

16th October 2016

Burnley Empire was due to be auctioned on Tuesday 18 October, the auction has been postponed until the results of a viability study have been announced – read the full story with 2BR Lancashire

Relief as Burnley’s Empire Theatre taken off auction list

Published 15 October 2016


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