The Frank Matcham Society
The Society was set up following the centenary of the Wakefield Theatre Royal in 1994. Our members come from all over the U.K. and abroad. We aim to visit and develop links with all the surviving Matcham theatres and to encourage and carry out research into his life and work. We also visit theatres by other architects so that we can appreciate great architecture wherever it may be.
We publish a newsletter quarterly which has articles, news and details of coming visits. Membership is open to everyone interested in theatre architecture at £20 for single membership commencing 1st January 2014 and £25 for joint membership at the same address.
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BRIGHTON HIPPODROME - THEATRE AT RISK - LATEST NEWS
There's a new Facebook campaign - Our Brighton Hippodrome - recently launched. Click or tap here and follow it.
Friday 24th January 2014 the Brighton Argus reports that the city council has required the developer to re-submit the planning application "as they need more details on how listed elements of the building will be protected". Click or tap here to see the news item.
This is the most important of Frank Matcham's works no longer in beneficial use and listed Grade II*, putting it in the top six percent of all listed buildings in the UK. No effort should be spared in protecting and finding a fully sympathetic new use for such a great survivor.
The recent reported proposal of an 8-screen cinema project is interesting, but not the answer for a work of architecture of such national importance. The Hippodrome demands a far less invasive treatment. The Society are watching developments with concern.
See the developer’s full proposals on their website here.
See our Brighton Hippodrome photos on our gallery page here.
The Save The Brighton Hippodrome Facebook page is here.
The Our Brighton Hippodrome campaign page is on Facebook here.
See the illustrated Hippodrome history at the Arthur Lloyd website here.
Following the release of the Theatres Trust Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013 (TBAR), which can be viewed here, there has been much comment in the press about the threat to the Brighton Hippodrome, amongst other theatres. The Brighton Argus, which broke the original story, has an update here, the Independent has a piece here and The Stage voiced industry objections here.
The petition has now closed with over one thousand signatures. You can still write to the Brighton Argus, Argus House, Crowhurst Road, Holingbury, Brighton, BN! 8AR or email: email@example.com and make your thoughts known. There is not much time; the developer now expects to submit plans in January 2014 following an independant evaluation commissioned by the city council.
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Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.