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Futurist plans: will a theatre remain?

17th September 2009

Scarborough’s Futurist could be redeveloped “with or without theatre provision,” it has been revealed. The news comes after Scarborough Council received a massive cash boost to help it buy part of the Foreshore Road site. Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward has handed over more than £400,000 to help Town Hall bosses clinch the deal.

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ATG and Key Brand go head to head for Live Nation theatres

17th September 2009

The bidding war for Live Nation’s UK theatre empire has been narrowed down to two final contenders, with Ambassador Theatre Group and John Gore’s Key Brand Entertainment emerging as the front runners to buy Britain’s biggest theatre operator. The pair are currently the only remaining active purchasers left in the sale process, overseen by investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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Cinema planned for Deal Regent

17th September 2009

Deal’s iconic Regent Bingo Hall could be transformed into a cinema that the town can be proud of if early talks between hopeful tenderers and Dover District Council are fruitful. Former Deal actor George Wood said the plans are in the early stages but could lead to something “really exciting”. He has joined forces with his sister Emily Wood and her husband and business partner, TV presenter Paul Hendy, in putting a case to the district council.

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Bognor's Picturdrome cinema is closed as the bailiffs take control

17th September 2009

Town councillors have begun talks which could see them buy the Picturedrome. The Bognor Regis Town Council members agreed at their meeting on Monday to pursue negotiations with Bognor Pier Co who own the venue. Council projects officer Paul Beckerson said: “The councillors have agreed to consider all options to protect the Picturedrome Cinema, now a Grade II listed building, from unwanted development and its use as an entertainment venue for the town.

Source: Bogner Regis Observer


30-storey tower plan for Manchester Theatre Royal

16th September 2009

Manchester’s historic Theatre Royal could be restored under an ambitious plan that would also bring a 30-storey, five star hotel to the site. Irish property group Benmore is understood to be in discussions with Manchester city council, English Heritage and a major hotel group about the potential development.

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Report critical of Leicester's newest theatre cost

16th September 2009

The cost of building Leicester’s Curve theatre did not represent good value for money, according to an Audit Commission investigation. The project was scrutinised after it went almost £35m over budget. When the theatre plan was unveiled in 2000, it had a budget of £26m with the city directly paying £4.4m. But changing designs and rising costs more than doubled the overall price tag to £61m.

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Tameside Hippodrome gains listed status

16th September 2009

Campaigners fighting to prevent the demolition of the Tameside Hippodrome in Greater Manchester are celebrating after the building was given Grade II listed status.

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York's Elizabethan-style theatre venue hope

16th September 2009

A new Elizabethan-style theatre could be built in York just a stone’s throw from one of Dame Judi Dench’s first acting triumphs. The British Shakespeare Company (BSC), which wants to recreate Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Rose theatre in the north of England, has already been shown one potential location in York.

Source: York Press


Glasgow King's Theatre Phase One complete

15th September 2009

A note from the Richard Wingate
Chief Executive of Glasgow Theatres Ltd

A couple of weeks ago we completed Phase One of our King’s Restoration Programme. The King’s Restoration Project started in 2007 when we announced that we were starting on a 7 year £7.2 million restoration of the building, planned for completion in time for the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

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Derby Hippodrome campaigners launch £14m rescue plan

15th September 2009

Campaigners fighting to prevent the Derby Hippodrome from being replaced with a multi-storey car park have united to launch a new lobby group, the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Fund, which aims to see the venue brought back to life under a £14 million development scheme.

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