Theatres Trust Announces 2020 Theatres at Risk Register – London Theatre 1

Theatres Trust Announces 2020 Theatres at Risk Register – London Theatre 1

Brighton Hippodrome auditorium, courtesy Theatres Trust
Brighton Hippodrome auditorium, courtesy Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust announces the 2020 Theatres at Risk Register, highlighting theatres across the UK that are under threat of closure, redevelopment or demolition. The 2020 Register is being launched at Hoxton Hall which was removed from the list in 2010 after securing funding for the first stage of its much-needed capital project with support from the Theatres Trust.

Actor and musician Gary Kemp is a dedicated supporter of UK theatres; best known as the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for band Spandau Ballet, Kemp continues to perform in venues around the UK as a musician and as an actor. As a Theatre Trust Trustee, he will host the 2020 launch, showing his passion for these important buildings.

Gary Kemp says, “Having access to live performance venues around the country is vital – for audiences to have a good night out but also to provide places for performers starting out to learn their craft and for communities to come together. I have been fortunate enough to perform in amazing theatres throughout my career. There are some truly stunning and unique buildings on the Theatres at Risk Register but importantly none of them are lost causes. With the right level of support and the expertise provided by the Theatres Trust all have the potential to be restored and enjoyed by their communities for generations to come.”

Theatres Trust is delighted that the 2020 Risk Register sees two theatres removed with their futures as performance venues now looking certain, thanks to investment in the buildings and the appointment of experienced professional operators. Bradford Odeon, which opened in 1930 as the largest ciné-variety theatre outside London, is being restored thanks to the dedication of Bradford Live and will reopen in 2020-2021 with the NEC Group on board as operating partner.

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Bradford Odeon will host an expected 300,000 visitors each year with a programme of more than 200 events. Peterborough New Theatre, a former Odeon cinema with beautifully restored interiors, is now under the management of Selladoor Worldwide and re-opened in September 2019 with a programme of quality large-scale theatre productions.

Theatres can be at risk for a variety of reasons, from loss of funding, to lack of maintenance, to threat from development. All those on the Register have strong architectural or cultural significance with the potential to be revitalised and become real assets to the local community again. The Grade II listed Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth has been added to the Register this year. Built in 1784, it was the first free school in the city, with the upper floor used as a theatre and for concerts. The building has a fascinating history; in 1812, while attending a dance, Elizabeth Dickens went into labour with Charles Dickens. Renamed as the Groundlings Theatre in 2010, the building retains many of its original features. In 2019, a break-in caused damage to the building fabric and computers were smashed placing the theatre in a financially vulnerable position.

While many of the theatres on the Register remain unchanged from last year’s list, significant progress has been made in several cases. There was good news for Walthamstow Granada when it was bought by Waltham Forest Council in May. The council is working with Soho Theatre to restore and reopen this historic Grade II-listed building and reinstitute live performance. Built by Cecil Masey in 1930, with a richly decorated interior by Theodore Komisarjevksy, the Granada was initially a ciné-variety before becoming a live music venue hosting bands like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Positive steps have also been made with the six theatres who received support from the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme. Launched as a pilot scheme in 2019, the programme provided grants and in-depth advice from the Theatres Trust for the early stage work that is often difficult to fundraise for but essential to set theatres at risk on the path to revival. Grade II-listed Burnley Empire, the town’s last surviving purpose-built Victorian theatre, received funding and expert support through the programme. Built in 1894, the auditorium was reconstructed in 1911 by eminent theatre architect Bertie Crewe and survives in its original elaborate form with its distinct Crewe interior. The theatre, which once sold out a performance by famed escapologist Harry Houdini, has remained empty since 1995 but was bought by the community group Burnley Empire Trust in December 2018 with Theatres Trust support.

Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres who compile the Register, is calling for more collaborative creative partnerships between local authorities, theatre owners and operators and community groups to protect all theatres on the list.

The theatres appearing on the 2020 register are as follows:
Brighton Hippodrome
Theatre Royal Margate
Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Morecambe
Dudley Hippodrome
Victoria Theatre, Salford
Spilsby Theatre
Streatham Hill Theatre, London
Groundlings Theatre, Portsea NEW
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool
Burnley Empire
Plymouth Palace
Hulme Hippodrome
Century Theatre, Coalville
Walthamstow Granada, London
Leith Theatre
King’s Theatre, Dundee
Tottenham Palace Theatre, London
Conwy Civic Hall
Mechanics’ Institute, Swindon
Intimate Theatre, London
Kings Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton-under-Lyne
North Pier Pavilion, Blackpool
Garston Empire, Liverpool
Doncaster Grand
Swansea Palace
Derby Hippodrome
Theatre Royal, Hyde
Theatre Royal, Manchester

Assessment criteria for each theatre is available via here and full case studies on each can be seen on the Theatres Trust website.

To prevent more theatres becoming ‘at risk’ the industry body cautions that arts funders and policymakers need to recognise the value of existing active theatre buildings and make a commitment to sustained investment in capital projects.

The Theatres at Risk Register launch event is sponsored by Tysers Insurance Brokers (formerly Integro Entertainment & Sport), www.tysersentertainment.com. Head of Theatre, Andy Rudge says, Tysers Insurance Brokers remain a long-standing supporter of the Theatres Trust and the valuable work it undertakes within the arts and theatre industry – without the Theatres at Risk Register raising awareness of the plight these culturally and socially important buildings face, it is likely they would simply disappear. Their importance and what they contribute to communities cannot be understated, this work must be allowed to continue and indeed encouraged wherever possible.

Theatres Trust
Theatres Trust is the national advisory public body for theatres. They believe that current and future generations should have access to good quality theatre buildings where they can be inspired by, and enjoy, live performance. They champion the future of live performance by protecting and supporting excellent theatre buildings which meet the needs of their communities. They do this by providing advice on the design, planning, development and sustainability of theatres, campaigning on behalf of theatres old and new and offering financial assistance through grants.

https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatre-news/theatres-trust-announces-2020-theatres-at-risk-register/

Technology Needs at Waldo Theatre Aided by Grant Award – The Lincoln County News

Technology Needs at Waldo Theatre Aided by Grant Award – The Lincoln County News

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Waldo Theatre volunteers work with technicians to install stage lighting upgrades on Saturday, Jan. 4.

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Waldo Theatre volunteers work with technicians to install stage lighting upgrades on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro has been awarded $5,000, the largest amount possible, from the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This grant will help defray the cost of extensive technology upgrades and improvements needed at the theater to both enhance audience experience and reduce energy consumption.

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Waldo Theatre volunteers work with technicians on stage lighting upgrades.

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Waldo Theatre volunteers work with technicians on stage lighting upgrades.

In addition to these funds, the Waldo Theatre has received technology and energy efficiency awards from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and the Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Fund.

Technicians and volunteers have been hard at work installing new LED lighting in the auditorium ceiling, reinforcing light battens for safety and hanging a new light batten that will hold additional stage lighting, and running wiring in preparation for additional tech upgrades as funds permit.

The Waldo Theatre Board of Directors and Executive Director Kate Fletcher continue to raise funds for additional lighting upgrades and film projection and audio equipment to bring the theatre up to date, and to reestablish movie and live music programming. Plans are under way for events at the Waldo Theatre beginning in the fall of this year.

“In preparation for our reopening, it’s crucial that we upgrade not only the structure and appearance of the Waldo, but also the technology needed for programming in a way that provides for the most efficient use of energy,” said Fletcher. “LED lighting will make a significant impact on our utilities expenditures and our carbon footprint. The Waldo’s board is committed to a sustainable future for the theater on every level. We’re grateful for these foundations’ concern for energy efficiency and their appreciation of the financial challenge presented in affording current technology.”

Built in 1936 as a vibrant movie theater, the Waldo Theatre was shuttered in 2014 and fell into a state of disrepair due to lack of maintenance and care. It is currently listed on Maine Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The board of directors’ mission is to restore and sustain the Waldo Theatre as a cultural cornerstone that connects, enriches, and entertains the people of the local community. Most importantly, a vibrant theater will serve as a cultural hub, sparking an economic and cultural renaissance both in downtown Waldoboro and in Midcoast Maine.

To learn more about the efforts of the Waldo Theatre team, to become involved, or to make an online tax-deductible donation, visit waldotheatre.org.

Donations by check may be made payable and sent to: Waldo Theatre Inc. P.O. Box 587, Waldoboro, ME 04572.

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Calendar: Map-reading workshop Friday in Vernon Hills – Daily Press

Calendar: Map-reading workshop Friday in Vernon Hills – Daily Press

Basketball/Speed and Agility 7 – 9 yrs. olds: 6-7 p.m. Lakefront Park Building, 71 Nippersink Blvd, Fox Lake. foxlake.org. Concentrating on more teamwork and game strategies. The speed and agility training session is built to make participants faster, stronger, and more agile athletes. We use SKLZ equipment, ladders, hurdles and cones. A scrimmage game is played at the end of each class.

https://www.dailypress.com/ct-lns-calendar-st-0129-20200128-story.html

New life for a landmark: Hotel Deer Lodge has new board members, restoration plan – Fairfield Sun Times

New life for a landmark: Hotel Deer Lodge has new board members, restoration plan – Fairfield Sun Times

DEER LODGE — After many years of standing empty in the heart of town, the Hotel Deer Lodge is about to get a new life.

Deer Lodge Preservation Inc., a non-profit corporation, purchased the hotel in 2014 with the goal to restore the historic structure to an operational, multi-functional building.

A landmark in the city’s National Historic District, Hotel Deer Lodge was built in 1911 by Olympia Brewing founder Leopold Schmidt. It was one of the “finest hotels in Montana” at the time and catered to the considerable railroad passenger traffic.

Over the years the DLPI board has worked diligently to raise funds for engineering, architectural and EPA evaluations, while attempting to prevent further damage and deterioration, and find funding for the restoration. They have held tea events and house tours, written grants and solicited donations to pay taxes, insurance, repairs to the roof and to provide matching funds for grants.

Their efforts were never enough to accomplish the goal and last fall they considered selling the hotel to a developer.

Clifford ‘Kip’ William Kimerly, president and CEO of Precious Vodka, recently returned to make Deer Lodge his home. He remembers how beautiful the hotel was when he was a youngster, and said it distressed him to see it falling apart and nothing happening.

“I couldn’t take it sitting down without doing something,” Kimerly said. “it’s now or never for the hotel.’’

He and his brother, Ken, have long-time family ties to Avon and Deer Lodge since their grandfather, Allen Kimerly, settled near Avon in 1865 and their father, George, lived with his family in Deer Lodge until 1973.

Deer Lodge Preservation Inc. did not sell the Hotel Deer Lodge. Instead, on Jan. 23, they unanimously elected new officers and board. They are Clifford ‘Kip’ William Kimerly, president; Kenneth ‘Ken’ Leroy Kimerly, vice president; Joni Scott, treasurer and Kelly Cutler, secretary.

Retiring board members Kathy Bair, Kayo Fraser, Deb Benes, Mary Ann Fraley and Donna McCarthy said the new members have resources and connections they have needed for years.

Bair said, “We are excited about the new board and will do what we can to make this transition as seamless as possible.”

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The 33,000-square-foot hotel, although deemed structurally sound, is showing signs that time is running out as the leaking roof exposes the interior to increasing decay. The new DLPI board is energetic and excited to begin the project of historic preservation and restoration of the hotel to its original beauty — making it a five-star destination with historic hotel rooms for visitors, a bar, restaurant, banquet room and retail shops.

The project is expected to cost up to $18 million and will utilize local resources as much as possible.

“With the help of volunteers, we plan to begin demolition of water-damaged and compromised parts starting in late February. Replacing the roof is a top priority and we hope to get that done this summer,’’ Kip Kimerly said.

“This project isn’t about me; it is about the community. We will be applying for grants that are available, and hope to work with Montana State Prison for inmate help whenever possible; I envision it being a job training opportunity for them, too. We are hopeful residents in Powell County and the state will help with this restoration just as they did to rebuild the 1921 Rialto Theatre after the tragic fire that nearly destroyed it in 2006.

“We get thousands of likes a month on my company’s website, so I’ll be adding a donation button giving people from across the country an opportunity to help restore this wonderful historic building,’’ he said.

Tax.deductible donations can be mailed to DLPI, PO Box 136, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.

The web site will be going through changes over time but will still be: www.HotelDeerLodge.org Emails may be addressed to [email protected]

https://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/news/state/new-life-for-a-landmark-hotel-deer-lodge-has-new/article_d9aee85f-f8a3-52df-9471-a97d29eac002.html

Theatres at Risk 2020 Register announced – WhatsOnStage.com

Theatres at Risk 2020 Register announced – WhatsOnStage.com

The Theatres Trust has unveiled the Theatres at Risk Register for 2020.

Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, a trustee for the organisation, introduced this year’s list of venues today at a special ceremony, unveiling which sites across the UK were under threat of closure, redevelopment or demolition.

This year, the The Grade II listed Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth was added to the list. Built in 1784, it was unusually the location where Elizabeth Dickens went into labour with her son Charles in 1812. The venue was placed in a grave position after a break-in last year.

The six theatres who received support from the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme have seen significant progress over the last year, with the Burnley Empire receiving funding to aid in its redevelopment. Meanwhile, there is ongoing work to restore the Walthamstow Granada in north London, aided by the local council alongside the Soho Theatre.

Two theatres have been taken off the list since 2019: there are plans for Bradford Odeon to be redeveloped and reopened in 2020-1 thanks to investment from Bradford Live, while Selladoor Worldwide has now taken over operation of the Peterborough New Theatre – the space reopened last autumn.

The list was announced at Hoxton Hall in east London, a venue that was previously on the list but was removed in 2010 following much-needed redevelopment.

The theatres appearing on the 2020 register are as follows:
Brighton Hippodrome
Theatre Royal Margate
Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Morecambe
Dudley Hippodrome
Victoria Theatre, Salford
Spilsby Theatre
Streatham Hill Theatre, London
Groundlings Theatre, Portsea (new)
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool
Burnley Empire
Plymouth Palace
Hulme Hippodrome
Century Theatre, Coalville
Walthamstow Granada, London
Leith Theatre
King’s Theatre, Dundee
Tottenham Palace Theatre, London
Conwy Civic Hall
Mechanics’ Institute, Swindon
Intimate Theatre, London
Kings Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton-under-Lyne
North Pier Pavilion, Blackpool
Garston Empire, Liverpool
Doncaster Grand
Swansea Palace
Derby Hippodrome
Theatre Royal, Hyde
Theatre Royal, Manchester

https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/theatres-at-risk-2020-register-announced_50781.html

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