Harrogate Royal Hall

posted by Ian on March 4, 2004 at 6:03 am

NORTH YORKSHIRE , ENGLAND — Harrogate Council met on Wednesday to discuss the future of the troubled Royal Hall, according to a report in the Harrogate Today.

The concrete in the balcony is crumbling in this Grade 2* listed building designed by pre-eminent UK theater architect Frank Matcham. Repair costs have been estimated at £11 million (including full restoration of this beautiful hall) and the Heritage lottery fund has awarded £6 million towards the cost – but Harrogate say they cannot afford the balance.

It was used as a cinema on a regular basis up until the 1930s.

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Comments (7)

Ian
Ian on March 4, 2004 at 7:20 am

At the Council meeting on Wednesday (3rd March 2004) a decision on the restoration was deferred pending further studies to see if a partial restoration could save money. This possibly cheaper option however, could result in the Heritage Lottery fund withdrawing or reducing their offer of £6million towards the cost.

In the meantime this beautiful hall remains closed to the public.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on March 4, 2004 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the update, Ian. This is certainly a beautiful theater.

RobertR
RobertR on March 5, 2004 at 7:06 am

What an increduble auditorium, I hope they get the funding they need.

fiona
fiona on April 14, 2004 at 12:40 pm

as my daughter and many other young dancers have made their debut at the royal hall,we really should consider the importance of the building to a variety of patrons and the age range it can reach
fiona b

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