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Act Two: Cambridge Arts Theatre unveils its vision for the future

2nd June 2011

Cambridge Arts Theatre has unveiled plans for its new building project, Act Two, at a launch event in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge on Tuesday 31 May. Over 250 local dignitaries and long-term supporters of the Arts Theatre and wider cultural community were given an exclusive first look at the architect’s plans and drawings in a presentation given by Dave Murphy, Chief Executive of Cambridge Arts Theatre, Baroness Janet Cohen of Pimlico, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge Arts Theatre and Mark Foley of Burrell Foley Fischer LLP.

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Council welcomes commitment to invest in Bournemouth Pier Theatre

2nd June 2011

The Pier and Theatre operator, Openwide International Ltd, has submitted proposals for redevelopment of the Pier Theatre into what it describes as “an all-weather, indoor adventure sports attraction.” In 2006, the Council entered into a 25 year lease for Openwide to run and manage all commercial activity on the pier. These latest proposals require ‘change of use’ planning permission.

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First Night Riders shake it up at the ABTT Show 2011

2nd June 2011

On the 15th – 16th June 2011, at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, the money raising motorcyclists will be showcasing photo highlights from last years charity ride. However this year they will be looking to top last year’s total of £12,000. This fascinating photo slideshow, which features backstage images of number of historically important UK venues, will be displayed on a large screen, generously provided by Blitz Video and positioned in the Lawrence Hall Foyer.

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Waitrose's plans for Ipswich Corn Exchange criticised

2nd June 2011

Arts groups are opposing a supermarket’s plan to move into an Ipswich entertainment complex. Campaigners have started a petition against a proposal to open a Waitrose store in the Corn Exchange, which is owned by Ipswich Borough Council. Opponents say it will mean too much space is lost and a drop-in cafe would be better.

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Bid for historic Aberdeen baths promises new arts centre scheme

1st June 2011

Aberdeen City Council has selected a preferred bidder for the Bon Accord Baths building, which could see it transformed into a stylish new art deco arts centre. Its proposal would see the former baths become a new home for theatre, art and dance studios, a music recording studio and practice rooms for up-and-coming artists. The building could also host half-term holiday clubs for children and workshops for people of all generations, disabilities or backgrounds.

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Blog: Joyce McMillan on Converting Spaces - Creating Theatres

1st June 2011

In January this year, the Guardian joined many other newspapers and journals worldwide in publishing a breathtaking series of iconic images by the photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. Taken in the city of Detroit over the past few years, the pictures famously show the ruins of what was once one of the booming urban centres of the modern western world. The images show ruined skyscrapers, schools and libraries, and the majestic derelict facade of Michigan Central Station; there are also great halls and gathering-places, their proportions still awe-inspiring, but their plasterwork crumbling, and their great chandeliers shattered.

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Hoxton Hall handed lifeline by Heritage Lottery Fund

1st June 2011

Hackney’s historic Hoxton Hall has been handed a lifeline with the announcement it will receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in lottery money. The music hall, built in 1863, has been awarded £207,400 in Heritage Lottery Fund development money, which bosses say will ensure it remains open as a theatre and events space well into the future.

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Seeking Theatre Planning Placements

1st June 2011

The Theatres Trust is currently seeking Theatre Planning Placements volunteers to assist in the administration of the Trust’s role as a statutory consultee for theatres in the planning system and as an expert adviser in the heritage of theatre buildings.

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Councillor Robert Rams speaks out on library review plans released today that include artsdepot

1st June 2011

The councillor behind a review of libraries in the borough has given a “100 per cent commitment” to having at least 14 libraries in the borough. After 1,600 responses to a public consultation and three months of work by officers, the libraries strategy is finally published today, proposing to keep 14 out of 16 sites in the borough. Included in the plans is a new facility at the artsdepot in North Finchley, merging the existing North Finchley and Friern Barnet libraries.

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Arts Theatre plans £12m expansion in Cambridge

1st June 2011

Plans for a £12m theatre expansion project have been unveiled in Cambridge. The Arts Theatre was built in 1936 on what it said was the only available city centre site but it now plans to expand into two adjoining buildings.The refurbished theatre will include a new foyer and a fourth-floor 200-seat studio theatre for small-scale events.

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