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  1. History; The Futurist was the 12th largest capacity theatre in the country being able to seat 2,155 people. It is a theatre and a cinema based in Scarborough, on the sea front of South Bay. Futurist closed in 2014 on the 6th of January due to the operator's lease expiring. The theatre was built in 1921 and remained the same until 1958 when the theatre was extended to allow live performers at the location. In the 1980's Scarborough Council took over the theatre and handed the lease to Apollo Leisure who then ran the theatre till 2002! In December 2002 the operator of the nearby cinema, Hollywood Plaza took over the theatre and refurbished it, installing new projectors and sounds systems. Until 2014 when it closed. Explore; Explored with @SpiderMonkey and @AndyK!. Whilst visiting for a weekend, we decided to go for an explore up North, which turned into 3. However, our first stop was Scarborough, early wake up call and a few hours trip we were there. After many look arounds for an easy access and trying to avoid the people in the flats next door and the homeless man sleeping just outside the main entrance we found access and we were in. This was a great explore, and even better when we found out the lights still worked after switching all the switches we could find. Unfortunatley I don't have many photo's due to my tripod being useless at the time. Stage. Seating Booth. Stand. B. Projector. Projectors. From the Top. E,D,C. One of those Generic " I'm a photographer" shots modelled by SpiderMonkey. Ad Board. Stage. Thanks for looking, ! JP.
  2. Built in 1921, the Futurist Theatre was a theatre and cinema in Scarborough, England. The large auditorium has a seating capacity of 2155 people – the twelfth largest in the UK. Originally opening as a cinema, the stage was extended in 1958 to allow live performances at the venue. The Beatles performed twice in 1963-4 and many other large shows were staged there. Then and now - how much nicer was that exterior before the cladding! The local council took over the theatre in the 1980s and leased the premises to Apollo Leisure until 2002. The lease was then taken over by the same owners of the nearby Hollywood Plaza cinema, who fully refurbished the theatre, installed new projectors, sound system and screen. By 2013 the theatre was struggling and the leaseholder pulled out. The council were unable to find another operator, forcing the Futurist to close in January 2014. Visited with SpiderMonkey and Jamie_P. The old exterior is still there, hidden behind the awful cladding.
  3. History The Futurist Cinema and Theatre, which can be found in Scarborough, was constructed and fully competed in 1921. Originally it functioned exclusively as a cinema, up until 1958 when its stage area was extended to provide live performances; Shirley Bassey, The Beatles and Ken Dodd were some of the notable acts. In later years, as the site expanded, it also absorbed the adjacent Arcadia Theatre and this was developed into a lounge area. By the 1980’s, Scarborough Borough Council assumed control of the venue and thereafter it was leased to Apollo Leisure Ltd. who ran it until 2002. In December 2002, Barrie C. Stead, the owner of Hollywood Plaza Cinema, bought the Futurist Theatre and refurbished it; installing new projectors, a CinemaScope screen and a DTS sound system. The Futurist, however, closed on 5th January 2014 because a report conducted by the local council suggested that the site was “beyond the point of refurbishmentâ€. The council is now marketing the entire site for redevelopment. Inside, the Futurist Theatre has a large auditorium with a deep circle, and it is supported on twelve individual columns. In addition to these features, there is also a raised gallery which is divided into separate boxes. The ceiling is divided into two sections which are split by a wide arch: the front part is original with an elliptical dome containing three ornamental ventilation grilles, while the second, which dates from 1968, is much more basic. Finally, there is a deep wide stage with a full tower and counterweight sets. In October 2014, the BBC reported that Flamingo Land placed a bid to purchase the Futurist Theatre. If successful, the developers intend to demolish the site to make way for a rollercoaster, botanical gardens and a magical cave-themed attraction. The proposed name for this new attraction is ‘Flamingo Land Coast’. Although campaigners have petitioned to save the 1920’s Futurist Theatre, no further decisions have been publically released. Our Version of Events It was 1am (ish) one random week day when we found ourselves inside a car travelling towards Scarborough. Up front, the conversation was rather philosophical (trying to fathom the nature of reality, and that sort of stuff), while those in the back were enjoying a quick bevvy. Outside though, the exhaust was beginning to fall off, and the temperature… Well, that was pretty chilly. Nevertheless, we managed to survive the conversation and, although the car began to emit sounds similar to those of a tank, the exhaust didn’t completely fall off. So, in the end we made it to Scarborough ready and eager to explore. After taking in a bit of good old sea air, a quick look around and fucking about on a roof for a while we managed to find our way inside. The air was immediately incredibly stale and there was a bit too much asbestos for my liking, and if you’re not careful in the dark you can easily fall through the ceiling, but we carried on, and, suddenly, we were inside an almost working theatre. For once, I mused, I could sit wherever I fancied, without the Odeon Ticket Inspector watching to ensure that I sit in the inferior chair I’ve been allocated; not the more sophisticated seating that’s always towards the rear of the auditorium. In fact, by my recollection, all of the seats were exactly the same, which to me seems like a reasonably equal way of organising things. That aside, on the whole the Futurist is absolutely huge, and it takes a long time to get around the whole building – when we eventually decided to leave the sun was already beginning to rise over the seafront. But, since all of the electrics work, finding your way around the cinema becomes more or less straightforward once you begin to gather your bearings. Explored with Ford Mayhem and Deems. 1: The projector 2: Cupboard in projector room 3: Other side of the projector 4: Smaller projector 5: Cream sherry 6: Standing in the upper gallery boxes 7: The main auditorium 8: Which seat is mine? 9: Light filter machine 10: Top boxes 11: Main corridor at the rear of the auditorium 12: Heading down the stairs 13: Just another row or two 14: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 15: The decorative ceiling 16: Ice cream stand 17: The chiller room 18: Schweppes soda water 19: Bar area and Wizard of Oz cardboard advertisement 20: The single mysterious chair 21: Managerial office 22: Backstage machinery 23: Backstage pass 24: Side view of main auditorium 25: Planes 26: Leaflets in the bar 27: View from the rear of the auditorium 28: The backroom 29: The Futurist Theatre and Cinema