The demolition the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough is now complete, freeing up a prime piece of real-estate on the Yorkshire town’s seafront.
Built by Frank Tugwell, the architect behind the Savoy Theatre in London, the Futurist originally opened as a cinema in 1921.
With a capacity of over 2,100 seats, it was one of the largest theatres in the north of England – and famously hosted a performance by The Beatles in 1963.
The decision to knock the theatre down came following a three-year period of vacancy – after the former operator’s lease expired in January 2014.
Flamingoland is now tipped to acquire the site of the old theatre – although the theme-park has remained tight-lipped to the public as to the exact nature of its new prospective development.
Opinion had been divided in the town as to whether demolition costs should instead have been redirected towards restoration of the old building – but Scarborough council narrowly voted in favour of a clean slate early last year.
Speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio, local legislators have been enthusiastic as to the potential of any new seafront investment.
“Now the building has been removed, we look forward to seeing a major attraction for both residents and visitors being provided on the site,” said council leader Derek Bastiman.
Local MP Robert Goodwill agreed. “The Futurist was a bit of an eyesore, even when it was in operation,” he remarked. “The site is now on a prime position on the sea front – [and] the plans I’ve seen with Flamingoland to put something in there that will be a real visitor attraction I think can actually be a great opportunity for Scarborough.”