The Futurist Cinema in Scarborough opened in 1921, during the era of black and white silent movies. It’s such a famous landmark on the sea-front in Scarborough that I decided to use it as one of the key locations in my new novel, Scarborough Ball, the sequel to Scarborough Fair, due out later this year.
It’s an impressive space with a capacity of over 2,000, making it the fifth largest theatre outside London. In 1958 the stage was extended to enable live performances. Even The Beatles performed here in 1963 and 1964 so it must have been a really thriving venue back then!
Sadly, the theatre closed on 6 January 2014 and its future has been in the balance ever since.
On 3 April 2016 The Yorkshire Post reported on a last-ditch bid to save the Futurist from the bulldozers.
There’s even a Save The Futurist Facebook page.
I hope the Futurist doesn’t become a thing of the past.
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