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.
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.
External views of the Futurist-theatre – Then and now
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.
An excellent history of the theatre is available on the Scarborough UK website.
and I had tried to access the cinema once before but didn’t have too much success. We returned a few months later, along with JLP Photos
and were pleased to find a way in. We tried some switches and discovered the lights were still working, which was lucky as we would not have been able to shoot inside if they weren’t. The main auditorium was very nice – a little bit of decay had started to set in, but generally the place was in very good condition.
Futurist Theatre – View from the stage
Futurist Theatre – Side view of the auditorium and stage
Futurist Theatre – Stage and seats
Futurist Theatre – Three levels of seats
Futurist Theatre – Levels of seats and ornate ceiling
Futurist Theatre – View across circle level
Futurist Theatre – Spot light on the stalls level
Futurist Theatre – Ornate ceiling
Futurist Theatre – View from the back
Futurist Theatre – Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector with Super Zenith 450 lamphouse
Futurist Theatre – Projector
Futurist Theatre – One projector is partly dismantled
Futurist Theatre – Back stage areas
Futurist Theatre – Old signage behind the stage
Futurist Theatre – Staff area
Futurist Theatre – Circle Bar
Futurist Theatre – Old ornate façade now hidden behind cladding
Futurist Theatre – Main entrance lobby
Futurist Theatre – Movie advert stands
Futurist Theatre – Advert in lobby