Futurist Theatre

Foreshore Road,
Scarborough, YO11 1NT

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Jlupton on March 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Stripping out has now begun so it looks like the end. Demolition is set to take more than a year because the building is set into a cliff face with houses above. In fact, the whole operation is set to cost £4million, which would have gone a long way towards restoration instead, but it wasn’t to be.

Ian on November 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

Crap Council – really pleased we have got out of the town TBH.

Jlupton on November 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Demolition plans confirmed. The secretary of state has refused to call in the decision, so £4 million is to be spent on the demolition, which will take around a year. A deeply unpopular decision, especially since the replacement attraction looks like it will be rather naff. What on earth is going on in Scarborough?

70mmbobbyj on January 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm

A post on a Facebook page and in the local press report that the local clowncil have voted to demolish this theater.

Ian on January 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

The Futurist was closed by Scarborough Borough Council – the decision of one man, not even the full council – on Sunday 5th January 2013 with a performance of The Hobbit II – The Desolation of Smaug.

They have been wanting to close the theatre for over a decade, looks like they may finally have got their wish.

rasLXR on December 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm



A seafront theatre is to close while attempts are made to find a new operator for the site, a North Yorkshire council has confirmed.

Scarborough’s Futurist is to be boarded up after the borough council rejected plans to more than double its subsidy to the site’s operator to £180,000.

Conservative council leader Tom Fox said the theatre’s viability had not been established.

The Save Our Futurist group said there was “absolute anger” at the decision.

Built in 1921, the Futurist has staged concerts, shows and films but is located within an area earmarked for redevelopment.

‘Beyond refurbishment’ It was bought by Scarborough Council in 1985 and has been leased to its current operators, Brenda and Barrie Stead, since 2002 with that lease set to expire at the end of 2013.

In June, a report found the theatre was “beyond the point” of refurbishment.

Tom Fox Tom Fox said he expected the council to be “thorough” in ensuring the theatre remained secure A council report recommended either increasing the subsidy paid to the Steads or boarding the theatre up for three months, at a cost of £5,000, “to provide time to flush out any potential operators”.

It added that if a suitable offer was not forthcoming council officers would be instructed to “formally close the Futurist Theatre”, at a further of cost of £20,000.

Mr Fox said he expected Scarborough Borough Council to “be thorough in managing the integrity and security of the building and remaining facilities” while it was mothballed.

The current operator’s lease will, however, be extended until 5 January to permit the continued screening of The Hobbit, Mr Fox added.

Patricia David, from the Save Our Futurist Group, said it was “totally unrealistic” to expect another potential operator to come forward.

“Three months is not enough time to get together a business plan, find funding and start to book acts for the coming year.

Ian on March 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

A 1989 shot of the exterior here, when all the cladding tiles were the same colour and the other businesses in the block were up and running!


Ian on August 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

Some more photos – taken shortly before the Council meet to decide the fate of the Cinema in August 2012 – largely of areas never seen by the public.





Ian on September 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

Unusually permission was granted this week (during the run of a stage play (The Calendar Girls) to take some pre-show photos of the the theatre with an audience – so for a view of what it is like in full use …




Ian on October 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

A two year reprieve has been announced securing the theatres future through to the Autumn of 2012. In the meantime options of restoring and retaining the theatre by a Trust are to be prepared.

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Dramatrauma on May 19, 2010 at 12:43 am

Wow only took the SBC 4 years to find a consultant that told them what they wanted to hear.

Ian on March 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

Here is a splendid scan of an advert – advertising the cinemascope screen so I guess from around the mid 1950’s, but before 1958, showing the interior of the theatre including the organ and grills, and the previous proscenium arch.


TLSLOEWS on March 4, 2010 at 2:13 am

Very nice looking theatre does not look a old as it is,and The Beatles played there too.

Ian on July 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

An exterior night shot as “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” begins its three times daily run here (July 2009):


Ian on June 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Scarborough Council have the results of yet another consultancy (who did not bother to contact the lessee of the Futurist) which recommends putting all entertainments into the Spa Grand Hall and closing the Futurist.

Some photos taken in June 2009 of the auditorium here:–


MPol on October 28, 2008 at 12:27 am

Wow!! Some of those cinema palaces in England would dwarf many, if not most of the remaining movie palaces here in the United States. Fantastic-looking cinema palaces they are, as is the Futurist Cinema.

Ian on October 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Uptodate exterior photo here – taken October 2008 (sadly the cladding still covers the faiance tiles):–


Ian on September 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

An older photo from circa 1995 showing the circle area here:–

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Ian on August 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

It is continuing through 2008 and 2009 and appears to be doing fairly well. There is a planning application at present for a new development which will include a 5 screen multiplex on the North Street Car Park site. If that goes ahead the future of the Futurist will be in grave doubt.

Two more photos from August 2008 here.

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philbertgray on August 14, 2008 at 9:24 am

Any status updates on future of this theatre? I must say I do find the interior compellingly bizarre, but any theatre this size that still shows films should remain.

DavidJones on February 20, 2008 at 1:00 am

Would anone else be interested in starting a serious campaign to save the Futurist? Surely if we get enough support we can save the building from demolition. Please reply if you feel this idea is viable.

Ian on December 14, 2007 at 1:08 pm

A night time shot of the Futurist (both 2007) here:–

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and a close up (Mr de Mille!):–

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Ian on October 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Exterior picture taken in September 2007:–

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