Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, UK

The Futurist Theatre in Scarborough was built in 1921 and was expanded and remodelled over the years until its closure in 2014.

Futurist Theatre Scarborough
 

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

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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.

Our Visit
Spider Monkey 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

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Futurist Theatre – View from the stage

Futurist Theatre - Side view of the auditorium and stage

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Futurist Theatre – Side view of the auditorium and stage

Futurist Theatre - Stage and seats

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Futurist Theatre – Stage and seats

Futurist Theatre - Three levels of seats

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Futurist Theatre – Three levels of seats

Futurist Theatre - Levels of seats and ornate ceiling

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Futurist Theatre – Levels of seats and ornate ceiling

Futurist Theatre - View across circle level

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Futurist Theatre – View across circle level

Futurist Theatre - Spot light on the stalls level

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Futurist Theatre – Spot light on the stalls level

Futurist Theatre - Ornate ceiling

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Futurist Theatre – Ornate ceiling

Futurist Theatre - View from the back

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Futurist Theatre – View from the back

Futurist Theatre - Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector with Super Zenith 450 lamphouse

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Futurist Theatre – Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector with Super Zenith 450 lamphouse

Futurist Theatre - Projector

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Futurist Theatre – Projector

Futurist Theatre - One projector is partly dismantled

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Futurist Theatre – One projector is partly dismantled

Futurist Theatre - Back stage areas

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Futurist Theatre – Back stage areas

Futurist Theatre - Old signage behind the stage

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Futurist Theatre – Old signage behind the stage

Futurist Theatre - Staff area

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Futurist Theatre – Staff area

Futurist Theatre - Circle Bar

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Futurist Theatre – Circle Bar

Futurist Theatre - Old ornate façade now hidden behind cladding

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Futurist Theatre – Old ornate façade now hidden behind cladding

Futurist Theatre - Main entrance lobby

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Futurist Theatre – Main entrance lobby

Futurist Theatre - Movie advert stands

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Futurist Theatre – Movie advert stands

Futurist Theatre - Advert in lobby

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Futurist Theatre – Advert in lobby

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