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August 2006 photo of the tower here :–
August 2006 detail of facade here:–
Picture of the corner tower taken in August 2006 here:–
Another (sad) picture after closure here:
A few more pictures of the Essoldo – large size!:
Interior (as bingo hall)
Two photographs of the Curzon here:–
Interior (main screen in former circle) :
Interior shot of one of the screens after sub-division here :–
Another exterior view here:–
Exterior photo here – after closing but before the canopy and name were altered:–
Another picture here when still a cinema:–
Two further exterior pictures here:–
Two photos taken when it was the Cannon Cinema here :–
Interior (former stalls screen)
Another exterior photo of the Ionic (around 1982 – scanned image) here :–
Another photo of the exterior whilst still open :–
Finally a scanned photo of the cinema when open (as the Lumiere) here :–
Three more exterior shots of the Regal Edmonton here – all scanned images from the late 1980’s:–
Four 1980’s photos scanned:–
One of the mini's
The original barrel vaulted ceiling
Local paper (Scarborough Evening News)today reports:–
From Scarborough Evening News 21/07/2006
[i]People power saves theatre
A THEATRE will remain on the Futurist site on Scarborough’s seafront, council documents have revealed.
This change of thinking by the council follows protests by more than 1,350 readers who responded to a Scarborough Evening News campaign.
The venue has been threatened with closure and demolition for more than four years since Scarborough Council announced plans to sell off the theatre and surrounding site for redevelopment.
The council had said nothing in recent years in support of the long-term future of the Futurist, and was silent on a consultant’s report that backed the retention of the theatre as an option.
This led to the Evening News campaign last November to defend it, and many letters in response by readers.
Scarborough’s Renaissance team gave support to the campaign. It was also brought to the attention of regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, which will influence the type and scale of development on the site.
In acknowledging the strength of feeling of Scarborough people over the Futurist, and the work of Barrie Stead in operating the theatre since 2002, the report states:
“The main benefit of the refurbishment scheme is that it would respond to community wishes.
“In recent years, it has been managed successfully with a relatively small management cost to the council.”
In the new document, the council unveils its preferred options for the area â€"– and both involve keeping a theatre on Foreshore Road, either by refurbishing the existing building or by creating an entirely new one.
It has yet to be decided whether the current facade will be retained. A report which has been sent to the council’s ruling cabinet group finally rejects the idea of creating a commercial development without a theatre, or building a new theatre elsewhere.
But the report controversially says that the revamped theatre could have only between 1,000 and 1,500 seats. This would re-ignite huge protest because it has been proven that the 2,000-seat present capacity can be full, and a reduced capacity would deter big names and shows from including the Futurist on national tours.
21 July 2006
Another couple of photos after closure here:–
Work is still continuing to turn the former cinema into a gym for the St Martins Hotel. Pictures from June 2006 here (external):–
and here (foyer):–
This cinema has been all but wrecked in the conversion to retail space. Although – in theory – the new works are removable, in practice it is well nigh impossible to return a valuable retail space to arts use, and removing the extensive new build inside the auditorium – on a levelled floor – would be prohibitively expensive.
Two recent pictures here. The first shows about as much as you can see of the proscenium arch (now blocked in):–
and the second is a view from the former balcony area:–
I thought the intention WAS to recreate the auditorium of Henry Millers – with expanded foyers and modern facilities. The original publicity from the developers certainly stressed the re-creation of the original theatre.
Found a few more details of the cinema.
A less certain future faces the Empress Electric Theatre on Oldham Road, Miles Platting, which opened in 1912 in the very early days of purpose-built cinemas. Its now somewhat forlorn facade of red Accrington brick harks back to the 19th century, giving it an industrial appearance but with almost castle-like cornice adornments.
Inside the walls are adorned with luxurious French Rococo-style plaster panels. The proscenium and flanking twin organ cases are in a more serious classical vein with paired columns, niches and medallions symbolising music and the performing arts. The organ case embraces dummy organ pipes, as in a church, and vestiges of early cinema organs of this type are now extremely rare. Some years ago the Empress, too, became a bingo hall, and it is now a paint store.