Streatham Hill Theatre

Streatham Hill Theatre The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre (FoSHT) are campaigning to save this "sleeping beauty" Grade II listed theatre for the community. Find out more at www.streathamhilltheatre.org
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A lavish 1920s theatre which brought the West End to Streatham. It then hosted bingo from 1962 until 2017. Now mostly unused, it could make a create resource for the community.

Operating as usual

Last chance today to comment on the planning application...
22/12/2020
St Margaret the Queen

Last chance today to comment on the planning application...

The Redevelopment of St Margaret the Queen ChurchA place for everyone to flourish St Margaret the Queen Redevelopment ProjectSt Margaret the Queen church in Barcombe Avenue, Streatham Hill is a beautiful Grade Two listed building built in 1906. The church closed in 2014 due to falling congregation n...

Creativity Unlocked | Hopin
09/12/2020
Creativity Unlocked | Hopin

Creativity Unlocked | Hopin

Hopin is an online events platform where you can create engaging virtual events that connect people around the globe.

Heart Streatham Magazine
04/12/2020

Heart Streatham Magazine

@rambertdance performed @streathamhilltheatre ! Thanks to @streathamsociety for this #throwbackthursday #OTD 4th December 1961, Ballet Rambert performed at the Streatham Hill Theatre. New Zealand-born ballet dancer, Lucette Aldous starred, later partner to Rudolf Nureyev #Streathamhistory #StreathamHill #Furzedown #ballet #Rambert bit.ly/36yWtlZ bit.ly/3qr05ym #streatham

We are Sprague's last theatre...
04/12/2020

We are Sprague's last theatre...

Celebrated theatre architect W G R Sprague #dotd in 1933. He was one of the leading architects of the phenomenal theatre building boom which took place in Britain in the thirty years before WWI and built at least 40 theatres, the majority of them in London.

Here are a few Sprague auditoria that you can still see today, photos from our collections. Clockwise and in reverse alphabetical order: Wyndhams Theatre London, Sheffield Lyceum, Lincoln Theatre Royal and Aldwych Theatre London.

#theatrearchitect

Theatres Trust
04/12/2020

Theatres Trust

A shout out today for the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre working to breathe life back into one of London’s most lavish ‘sleeping beauties’, currently on our Theatres at Risk list, and the last theatre designed by W G R Sprague.

Sprague, the architect responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London, died on this day in 1933.

Find out more about the theatre: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/theatres-at-risk/484-streatham-hill-theatre

Here are some photos from our archives and Tim Hatcher.

#theatresatrisk #theatrearchitecture #dotd

03/12/2020

Can you help our supporters @SouthLondonYouthTheatre? They need to store some scenery which they desperately don't want to have to trash, but simply can no longer store! Do you know of a good solution that falls within a modest budget? The local Shurguard/BigYellowStorage etc just isn't an option due to expense.
They need to store 6 free standing door frames on wheels, which are quite heavy so there is a need for ground/street level storage. They take up little space 50sq feet maximum and they don't need regular access to them! They would of course be thrilled to share the items with any company that could help store them!
Thanks!

Theatres Trust
22/11/2020

Theatres Trust

Today is the 166th birthday of renowned theatre and music hall architect Frank Matcham. We delved into our archives to bring you a selection of historic postcards, photos and clippings of the variety of theatres he built and worked on!

#frankmatcham #ExploreYourArchives

It's the 91st birthday of the opening of Streatham HIll Theatre today 🎂🎂🎂 and we are delighted to announce 9 Patrons and...
20/11/2020

It's the 91st birthday of the opening of Streatham HIll Theatre today 🎂🎂🎂 and we are delighted to announce 9 Patrons and 100+ more creative individuals and organisations who support the campaign! ♥️ #streatham ♥️ #theatre

More here:http://resources.streathamhilltheatre.org/press/Patrons/FoSHT%20On%20the%20venue%E2%80%99s%2091st%20birthday%2C%20The%20Friends%20of%20Streatham%20Hill%20Theatre%20announce%20nine%20Patrons.pdf

Seventies Time-Machine
17/11/2020

Seventies Time-Machine

When June Whitfield collected her much deserved Damehood from Buckingham Palace in 2017....God bless you June 😇

12/11/2020
Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust

We are delighted that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has today laid the regulations to prevent theatres and other cultural buildings from being demolished without planning permission. Theatres Trust has been campaigning to strengthen protections for theatre buildings in the planning system and we are pleased that the government responded to our proposal so positively. This provides excellent protection for theatre buildings facing difficulty due to Covid-19.

British Music Hall Society: Home of Music Hall & Variety.
27/10/2020

British Music Hall Society: Home of Music Hall & Variety.

#OTD

Roy Hudd OBE made his professional Stage debut at the Streatham Hill Theatre.

27th October 1957.

Roy was the President of our Society for 28 Years and we miss him very much.

The Streatham Festival
12/10/2020

The Streatham Festival

Join us this Saturday 17th for this year's #StreathamStrut! We're going virtual, but that just means we're bringing the party to you! 🎉Tune in via our YouTube channel from 7pm for sets from some incredible artists! #streatfest20 #streatham #sw16 #onlineevent #livemusic

STREATHAM HILL THEATRE - STREATHAM FESTIVAL
08/10/2020
STREATHAM HILL THEATRE - STREATHAM FESTIVAL

STREATHAM HILL THEATRE - STREATHAM FESTIVAL

Streatham Hill TheatreStreatham Hill Theatre is a grand-scale theatre, built in the late 1920s as part of the new developments which made Streatham the ‘West End of South London’. It staged theatre, variety, ballet, opera, pantomimes etc. right up to 1962, when it re-opened as a Mecca bingo. In ...

We are featured inside. Thanks Heart Streatham Magazine
01/10/2020

We are featured inside. Thanks Heart Streatham Magazine

Heart Streatham October issue is out now! Some copies are still around in local cafes etc but if you missed out on the print version, never fear! You can read the digital mag via the link in our bio! #streatham #streathamhill #furzedown #sw16 #sw2 #norbury

Streatham Festival set to launch with stellar line-up celebrating arts and culture in lockdown - London Post
30/09/2020
Streatham Festival set to launch with stellar line-up celebrating arts and culture in lockdown - London Post

Streatham Festival set to launch with stellar line-up celebrating arts and culture in lockdown - London Post

For the first time ever, the Streatham Festival will feature online events – as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Streatham Festival 2020 will take place from Friday 9 October to Sunday 18 October with a number of virtual events, as well as a range of physical ones, celebrating all aspects of the...

Theatres Trust response to Brighton Hippodrome sale
22/09/2020
Theatres Trust response to Brighton Hippodrome sale

Theatres Trust response to Brighton Hippodrome sale

We understand that Theatre at Risk Brighton Hippodrome has been sold and urge the new owner to act quickly on essential, urgent repairs to prevent further deterioration.

The Streatham Festival
18/09/2020

The Streatham Festival

There's still time to apply for the Youth Music Showcase, open to all 13-16 year olds! Do you have an incredible band? Can you DJ or sing? We want to hear from you! 🎸🎧🎶 Click the link below to find out all the information on how to enter: https://streathamfestival.com/music/ #streatfest20 #streathamstrut #youthopportunity #localmusic

Streatham’s Theatrical History - (Zoom talk) - STREATHAM FESTIVAL
09/09/2020
Streatham’s Theatrical History - (Zoom talk) - STREATHAM FESTIVAL

Streatham’s Theatrical History - (Zoom talk) - STREATHAM FESTIVAL

When entertainment was not readily available or affordable, Streathamites have always made it themselves. The first building constructed with theatre in mind was opened in 1888, and within 40 years, the entertainment on offer in Streatham rivalled any in the West End. My talk reflects the way in whi...

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

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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

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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...