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Blog: Cuts order gives theatres scope for hope

2nd February 2011

A high court ruling that London Councils failed to consider the full effects of cuts has delayed belt-tightening in the capital – and could prompt challenges nationwide blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theattre Blog.

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Bidders come forward to run Winter Gardens in Ventnor

2nd February 2011

Five potential bidders have stepped forward to negotiate taking over the Winter Gardens in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

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Cinema scheme proposed for Bournemouth Pavilion

1st February 2011

A nine-screen cinema complex has been given the go-ahead on a plot of land next to a 1920s seafront building in Bournemouth. Councillors backed plans for the £43m development after a controversial proposal for a casino was shelved. About 200 jobs are set to be created as part of the project at Bournemouth Pavilion Gardens, in Westover Road.

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Derby Hippodrome Theatre legal bill claim dropped

1st February 2011

Derby City Council has decided not to pursue Christopher Anthony, the owner of the Hippodrome Theatre in Derby, for £17,000 in legal costs. In the Court case last year Mr Anthony had admitted damaging the Grade II-listed building during work in 2008.

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Call to share your memories of Redcar Palace Theatre

1st February 2011

Redcar and Cleveland Council are asking people to come forward to help capture the memories of the former Palace Theatre on Redcar seafront. The theatre is to be transformed into a £8.3m creative ‘Hub’ providing quality space for the creative industry. But before the changes are made, the council want to preserve the memories of the old theatre.

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Double act on a rescue mission at historic Swansea Albert Hall

31st January 2011

It is a vestige of old Swansea — and passions are running high as a result. “Let’s do something on this, at least attempt a rescue,” said Paulette Pelosi. “Swansea has an awful habit of letting the few important historic buildings fall to dust.” She was talking about the Albert Hall, that once grand old building positioned in the centre of town since 1864, when it started its life as reading rooms and a music hall.

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Harrogate Theatre at risk over council cuts

31st January 2011

Harrogate Theatre could be forced to close because of an 85% cut in funding from North Yorkshire County Council. It means the theatre could lose £53,000 a year from April – accounting for 20% of its total funding.

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How do we keep theatres and arts centres in Darlington and Barnet open…

30th January 2011

How do we keep theatres and arts centres in Darlington and Barnet open…

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations from a session at Devoted and Disgruntled 6 on 29 January 2011.

This was a lively discussion concerning Arts Depot in Barnet, the Arts Centre in Darlington, and Stratford Circus in Newham – all facing cuts from local authorities/London Councils (in London) and reductions in ACE funding. Also contributions and thoughts from BAC, Bradford, Royal & Derngate, Tricycle, Riverside…

These abbreviated notes are taken from the report on the DandD6 ‘news wall’ at the event.

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Our campaign to save Darlington arts centre

28th January 2011

Paul Harman, chair of Darlington for Culture, explains how their arts centre was granted a stay of execution by the council.

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Councillor Robert Rams describes cuts to artsdepot grant as 'small amount' of its budget

28th January 2011

Cash being cut from a North Finchley theatre by Barnet Council is “a small amount” according to the councillor leading the plans. Cash subsidies given to the artsdepot in North Finchley, Church farmhouse Museum in Hendon and Barnet Museum in High Barnet are set to be scrapped as the council looks to save £54m over three years.

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