Streatham Hill Theatre

Streatham Hill Theatre Let's revive this lavish 1920s theatre which brought the West End to Streatham. It then hosted bingo from 1962 until 2017. [Friends of SHT] A lavish 1920s theatre which brought the West End to Streatham.
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06/09/2020

92 today! Will we make it to 100? We need your help. On Sept 6th 1928 actress Evelyn Laye laid the foundation stone for Streatham Hill Playhouse. Now empty, the Friends want this beautiful building back in use. Please join us and spread the word http://streathamhilltheatre.org

Save Britain's Heritage
31/08/2020

Save Britain's Heritage

📣 Sign the petition to ensure Liverpool's historic Abbey Cinema building is retained by new owners Lidl supermarkets for the benefit of the community ➡️ https://bit.ly/2XZtra6
🎥. SAVE is keen to see the building reused and has applied for the building to be further protected through listing 👉 https://bit.ly/3fTb397

The Streatham Festival
06/08/2020

The Streatham Festival

The #coronavirus pandemic has touched all our lives this year, and to reflect the times, #StreatFest is supporting an important social history project, where local residents share their experiences of the Lockdown. Head to our website to find out more: https://streathamfestival.com/streatham-lock-down-diaries/

08/07/2020
Burnley Empire Trust

Burnley Empire Trust

Today we’re launching a fundraising appeal to raise £10,000 to kick start essential stabilisation works before Winter.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis all potential funding streams for essential stabilisation works are no longer available to apply for. The £10,000 that we hope to raise through Crowdfunder will be used to kick start the asbestos removal on the ground floor and repairing parts of the roof; specifically targeting the most vulnerable areas of the Grade II Listed building to stop further water ingress.

To directly support the next phase of the project please visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/burnleyempiretrust

A BIG THANK YOU in advance to all out supporters who can help

#BurnleyEmpireNeedsYou #SavingTheEmpire #BurnleyEmpire #Burnley #Lancashire

The Streatham Festival
01/07/2020

The Streatham Festival

#StreatFest is BACK for 2020! With just under 100 days until the festival, we've got a lot of exciting new plans coming your way! Make sure to follow us and turn on post notifications so you never miss an update, can't wait to see you all there! #StreathamFestival #GoodtobeBack

ABTT: Association of British Theatre Technicians
28/06/2020

ABTT: Association of British Theatre Technicians

We are actively seeking alternative locations for our future #ABTTCourses. We need a range of spaces (classroom/training room/formal stage space with flying systems and access equipment)

Please get contact if you could help: [email protected]

Our kind pledgers will be receiving messages from GoCardless as they collect funds pledged via Spacehive. Unfortunately ...
12/06/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

Our kind pledgers will be receiving messages from GoCardless as they collect funds pledged via Spacehive. Unfortunately Spacehive have used the wrong organisation (Poroban Ltd) but don't worry the funds will come to the Friends, as indicated in the payment reference which starts FRIENDSOFSTR. Thanks for your support and don't forget to join us at our next campaign meeting and AGM.

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

We have had a kind message of support from Fortune and Friends https://fortuneandfriends.world/ "Dear Friends of Streath...
09/06/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

We have had a kind message of support from Fortune and Friends https://fortuneandfriends.world/

"Dear Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre,

We at Fortune and Friends lend ourselves to your campaign supporting local dramatic arts and endeavours.

It is a privilege to work alongside a team of people as committed as you are towards securing the safety of the Theatre.

We look forward to many collaborations and a future working relationship with a renewed Streatham Hill Theatre as well as access to their state of the art facilities.

With every wish,
Fortune and Friends
"

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

Lambeth have just added their pledge of £7,500 to the crowdfunder. Thanks!
21/05/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

Lambeth have just added their pledge of £7,500 to the crowdfunder. Thanks!

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

Theatres Trust
20/05/2020

Theatres Trust

Some good news - we are pleased to announce details of the six theatres who will receive support in the second year of our Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/latest/news/1227-theatres-at-risk-capacity-building-programme-year-2-recipients

Leith Theatre Streatham Hill Theatre Save the Brighton Hippodrome
Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust Soho Theatre Save Walthamstow Cinema Groundlings Theatre

#theatreatrisk #theatrearchitecture #theatres

More good news! The Theatres Trust has awarded us a grant of £6,000 from the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programm...
20/05/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

More good news! The Theatres Trust has awarded us a grant of £6,000 from the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme, supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust:

"Theatre at Risk Streatham Hill Theatre gets a helping hand from Theatres Trust.

"A grant of £6,000 has been awarded to the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre to contribute towards a viability study and economic impact assessment.
Streatham Hill Theatre is one of London’s most lavish ‘sleeping beauties’ and the last theatre designed by W G R Sprague, the architect responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London. It has been on the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register since 2017.

"Many parts of the building have been unused since performances ceased in 1962 and except for a small lounge used for gambling machines, the building has not been used since January 2017. The building’s fabric is degrading and there is the threat of future commercial development by the freeholder.

"This support will contribute to the crowdfunding campaign that Friends of Streatham Hill is running to fund a viability study and other vital steps needed to return the theatre to community use. The viability study will be important in proving a viable and sustainable future use for the building and in bringing other stakeholders on board."

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/latest/news/1227-theatres-at-risk-capacity-building-programme-year-2-recipients

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

16/05/2020
Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust

The British Music Hall Society have pronounced today as the first annual Music Hall and Variety Day.

Pub music halls were once numerous everywhere, but only a handful of those of the 1850 to 1880 period now remain. Here's a selection of photos from our archives of some of the old time music halls that still survive today.

Photos in order: Wilton's Music Hall London, The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Glasgow, Leeds City Varieties Music Hall and Nottingham Malt Cross.

#musichallvarietyday

Support has come from Lambeth Council which has announced that it is committing £7,500 to the campaign.Councillor Matthe...
14/05/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

Support has come from Lambeth Council which has announced that it is committing £7,500 to the campaign.

Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, wrote to the friends group, congratulating them on running an effective and inspiring campaign that had gained strong local support.

He said: “I‘m delighted this money will see the campaign meet its fundraising target and I look forward to working with the owners, FOSHT, the BID and others in bringing the former theatre back into productive use.”

Full details at https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-funding-pledge-for-streatham-hill-theatre-revival-campaign/

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

Wow, we hit the target early! Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign and pledged so far. The target has been ...
14/05/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

Wow, we hit the target early! Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign and pledged so far. The target has been a bit of a moving one as it includes estimated Spacehive platform and transaction charges which depend on the number and size of pledges, so a new pledge can change the target making it difficult to hit exactly, but thanks to those who tried just that!

We'll continue to keep the crowdfund open until the target date as any overfunding beyond the target can be used to support the campaign and go towards future phases, such as an Economic Impact Assessment to show the benefits to the local economy from regenerating the old theatre as a new arts and cultural centre.

AND IN BREAKING NEWS we've have heard from Lambeth that they are giving £7,500 towards the campaign which is a great boost. Thanks to everyone there who has been helping us. More to follow.

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

The Victorian Society
13/05/2020

The Victorian Society

Today marks the centenary of the death of theatre architect Frank Matcham.

Matcham's theatres were built as palaces of entertainment to escape everyday life. In such uncertain times, delve into this article exploring his lavish works across the country... https://bit.ly/35X9YKk

👀👀 Take a sneak peek inside our disused grand theatreThen close your eyes and imagine it has been brought back to life w...
12/05/2020

👀👀 Take a sneak peek inside our disused grand theatre

Then close your eyes and imagine it has been brought back to life when this time is all over

Now make it happen!!!

Pledge today at save.streathamhilltheatre.org

#Streatham #theatre #theatresatrisk

More support coming in from the chair of Streatham Festival..."I am sure that I speak on behalf of the Streatham Festiva...
06/05/2020
Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

More support coming in from the chair of Streatham Festival...

"I am sure that I speak on behalf of the Streatham Festival Committee when I write to say that we all thoroughly support the campaign to bring the Streatham Hill Theatre back as an arts and cultural asset into the heart of the Streatham community.

"A sleeping ‘Theatrical Giant’ right in our midst, waiting to open its doors to welcome the public once again, to not only marvel at the magnificent space within, its wonderfully spectacular decor and detail, but also to be embraced by the colourful history and the many stories of the past.

"The revived Streatham Hill Theatre will be able to bring a wider range of art and culture into our community in Streatham, enriching all our lives.
The Festival was fortunate to use areas of the theatre in 2013 and we would wholeheartedly wish nothing more than to be able to use the space as part of the Festival once more.

"Please carry on supporting, pledging and volunteering. Streatham needs its Theatre back!!"

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

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Streatham Hill Theatre [by FoSHT]

A ‘sleeping beauty’: a lavish 1920’s theatre which brought the West End to Streatham, waiting to be reawoken.

Streatham Hill Theatre was built in 1928/9 (by architects WGR Sprague and WH Barton) and operated as a theatre from 1929. It was damaged by bombing in 1944 then restored and reopened as a theatre in 1950. It remained a theatre until 1962. As a theatre it presented a wide range of entertainment: plays, revues, concerts, opera, ballet, pantomimes, film etc.

In 1962 it was taken over by Mecca Social Club as the largest bingo hall in Britain. It operated as a social club and bingo hall under various operators until 2017. It also staged some shows, pantomimes, wrestling etc. in the early part of this period.

In 1994 the theatre was granted a Grade 2 listing as “an unusually lavish example of a theatre built in the short-lived revival of building in 1929-30; as a suburban example of this date the building may be unique”. Ref: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1244564

From 2013 the theatre also hosted events and exhibitions for the annual Streatham Festival, and Film Festival. Local open-access Streatham Theatre Company has staged performances, promenade site-specific performances, and guided tours attracting the community to the theatre.

In 2018 the theatre was added to the Theatres Trust register of theatres at risk. Ref: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/assets/000/000/799/2018_TheatresTrust_Theatresatrisk_assessment_register_and_map_web_original.pdf?1516114610 and https://database.theatrestrust.org.uk/resources/theatres/show/2522-streatham-hill

The building can be brought back into use quickly for arts and cultural purposes, starting by continuing and expanding such activities which had to cease when the building closed, then through a phased programme of restoration to support further activities.

Find out more and help the Friends reawaken this sleeping beauty on our website http://www.streathamhilltheatre.org

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Very interesting podcast and I’m a supporter of the Streatham Hill theatre. As David points out the auditorium is too big for today’s audiences (unless it is taken on by someone like The Troxy or a concert organisation). However, I believe the auditorium could be adapted in a similar fashion to the large former People’s Palace theatre, Mile End road which has been beautifully restored by Queen Mary’s University and has retractable seating in the front Stalls which reaches up to meet the front of the Dress Circle. The Broadway theatre in Catford (4th picture) has also made the same changes. This would allow the Streatham Hill theatre to offer the Auditorium as a live theatre for concerts and shows with a reduced seating capacity especially if the Upper Circle remains in situ but unused. The area under the Dress Circle overhang could be blocked off and used as a separate space for the community, meetings, smaller functions etc. With the retractable seating the theatre could be used for weddings etc or concerts with standing in the front Stalls and seating in the Circle and Upper Circle if required.
Just wondering if anyone on here would know how I could find out if my grandmother worked at the theatre in the late 1930’s.
The fantastic website for lovers of theatre buildings in the UK has today posted the opening night programme for the Streatham Hill theatre with some very interesting information and some lovely drawings of the theatre. Well worth a look
Brilliant progress to get this far by the supporters and the government. Please pledge to help raise the remaining funds needed to provide a wonderful theatre for SW London area.
Whereare you vis a vis the station, please?
More to come ..........
1950's ....
This is just thé first and oldest of my mum's souvenir collection ..... 1940 more tout Côme.
Hello, friends! I’m putting together an article about the flashmob last Sunday. I’m looking for people’s reactions to the event, their feelings about how the campaign is going, and where they see/hope to see it going forward as a result of the event and coverage. If you’d like to share your thoughts you can email me at [email protected]. Thank you for any contributions!
You may already know about this but in case not, wondered if the restoration of Alexandra Palace Theatre & how they propose to use/fund it (mix of performances & hire space) may be of interest (see link)?
5 years ago setting up for a Streatham Theatre show...