Theatres Trust statement on Scarborough Futurist
10th February 2017
On 9 January Scarborough Council voted to approve the allocation of £4m Council money for the demolition of the Futurist Theatre. The motion, including the demolition of the adjoining buildings, the theatre and the subsequent necessary stabilisation of the cliff face beyond, was carried by 22 votes to 21, with 1 abstention. The final design for demolition and a new cliff face retention scheme will be brought to planning in early summer. There are no plans yet for a replacement development although theme park Flamingo Land previously expressed an interest.
In the meantime, Historic England has provided notification of its intention to grant a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the building. The 28-day appeal period ends on 27 February. We are considering appealing this decision.
Local support for the building has grown strong over the last few months and campaigners are continuing to battle to save the Futurist: savethefuturist.co.uk.
We support the Save the Futurist campaign group and other stakeholders who would like to see the Futurist Theatre restored for cultural use. It could provide a large scale theatre for the presentation of musicals, comedy, music and drama in Yorkshire, thanks to its capacity and flytower, and would be an immense cultural and economic benefit to the people of Scarborough – at a time when theatre is seen as vitally important in enhancing the social fabric of the communities we now live in.