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Group Outlines Plans To Save The Futurist

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 4:36pm 1st December 2016.

A group trying to keep Scarborough's Futurist Theatre from being demolished has published its own document, outlining plans for the future of the building.

Scarborough Borough Council has already announced its intention to have the famous old theatre demolished and for it to be replaced with an attraction built by Flamingoland. 

The Save the Futurist Campaign Group say that it is still viable financially to keep the venue.

The document states:

"We wish to see the Futurist fully modernised and beautifully restored as a central part of the tourism and cultural provision for both the town and the wider region.

"We also believe that an updated Futurist Theatre, re-fitted as a world class facility, would bring untold economic benefits to each and every resident of Scarborough; theatregoer or not."

It goes on to say:

"simple logistical problems are the main barrier to Scarborough’s Futurist attracting world-class product with a broad commercial appeal; and all are easily remedied within the current footprint of the building.

"We would advocate the removal of the Front of House areas, box office, foyer and entrance from their current location directly beneath the stage, relocating them all to the commercial units at the southern end of the building, directly beneath the auditorium.

"By relocating and reorganising the associated stairwells, bars and other front of house infrastructure, much-needed space is created either side of the stage to expand the wing space and add dock doors for scenic and technical access directly onto the stage area.

"Also, this crucially frees space beneath the stage (sub-stage) for automation equipment and traps etc; a critical requirement for many modern productions."

You can view the full document here:

Save The Futurist - Scarborough Review 161130 (pdf)

In a statement released by the Council today, Councillor Derek Bastiman said:

"The council has already allocated £4 million towards the redevelopment of the Futurist site in its 2016/17 budget.

"The Futurist will be replaced by a world class £20m exciting visitor attraction involving Flamingo Land Limited, one of the UK’s most innovative leisure operators.

"Their principle theme park attraction already attracts more visitors to Yorkshire than any other attraction and in 2015 was the seventh most visited attraction in the country.

"A report on the cost and methodology of clearing the Futurist site to pave the way for the redevelopment will be going to Full Council in January.”


There is 1 comment on this page.

Patricia David, on 2nd December 2016 9:31am
Cllr. Bastiman's pronouncement is a bit premature isn;t it? "The Futurist will be replaced by a world class £20m exciting visitor attraction......".
1) If there is already a similar one just a short drive up the road from here, where is the market for another one?. What Research has Scarborough done to justify this major expenditure?
2) Cllr Bastiman seems to have lost sight of the fact that he was elected to represent the people of Scarborough not a local big business.
3) We all need to give him a short sharp shock to remind him. I suggest that everybody writes a personal letter to him.
4) Whilst in letter-writing mode, why not write one to David Gibb at FlamingoLand to let him know that this is the will of Derek Bastiman and not the people of Scarborough who are fighting to prevent it happening. He may not be aware of this.
5) Now is the time for us all to have democracy restored in Scarborough. PD

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