Brighton Hippodrome to become a cinema

An artist's impression of the proposed restoration of Brighton Hippodrome

An artist's impression of the proposed restoration of Brighton Hippodrome

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Developers have revealed £18 million plans to revamp a historic entertainment venue that once played host to The Beatles.

The Grade II* listed Hippodrome, in Middle Street, Brighton, has been empty since 2007.

After lengthy discussions, Alaska Development Consultants has revealed plans to transform the Victorian venue into an eight screen cinema.

The proposal will see the building integrated with nearby Dukes Lane shopping arcade with the creation of up to five new shops and a public square.

Chris Moore, the development manager for Alaska, said: “We feel privileged to restore this much-loved and threatened landmark, securing its future and presence in the city for many years to come.

“The building has a fantastically rich and varied history and our vision is to write the next chapter of its ever-changing story.

“This unique restoration project will revitalise a popular tourist attraction for the city whilst creating hundreds of much needed jobs, both in the construction phase and its operation when complete.”

The Hippodrome, which was built in 1897, is currently leased to Academy Music Group.

At risk list

It has been used as an ice rink, a circus and a bingo hall, but most famously played host to The Beatles.

It has since been placed on the “at risk” list of buildings which need urgent work.

Last year Live Nation said they were in discussions to turn it into a 2,000-capacity live music venue.

The latest plans by Brighton-based Russ Drage Architects are to be submitted on behalf of an investment client of Helix Property Advisors.

Discussions have already been held with Brighton and Hove City Council about the proposal.

'Amazing opportunity'

Geoffrey Bowden, the council’s economic development committee chairman, said he thought it could be an “amazing opportunity”.

He said: “It’s in need of some TLC but it will be great addition to the city if we can bring it back into use.

“Having an empty property like that deteriorating is not something the city should really be putting up with.”

Alaska confirmed it was in detailed discussions with Vue Entertainment for the cinema space.

Talks have also commenced with leading restaurant groups to take over a new space created beneath the Hippodrome’s dome.

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2:39pm Sun 21 Apr 13

btnman says...

How will they maintain the original interior if building 8 screens?
How will they maintain the original interior if building 8 screens? btnman
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4:26pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Hovite says...

How do they fit 8 screens in there anyway?
How do they fit 8 screens in there anyway? Hovite
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4:54pm Sun 21 Apr 13

chilliman says...

I don't know how big the place is, but each screen will probably only have about 100 seats associated with it, with maybe one or two being larger. Each screen's area could be a segment of the Hippodrome with an entrance foyer at the front.
I don't know how big the place is, but each screen will probably only have about 100 seats associated with it, with maybe one or two being larger. Each screen's area could be a segment of the Hippodrome with an entrance foyer at the front. chilliman
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6:08pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Hovite says...

chilliman wrote:
I don't know how big the place is, but each screen will probably only have about 100 seats associated with it, with maybe one or two being larger. Each screen's area could be a segment of the Hippodrome with an entrance foyer at the front.
It's not that big, check it out on Google maps
[quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: I don't know how big the place is, but each screen will probably only have about 100 seats associated with it, with maybe one or two being larger. Each screen's area could be a segment of the Hippodrome with an entrance foyer at the front.[/p][/quote]It's not that big, check it out on Google maps Hovite
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8:39pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Joshiman says...

Nice one
Nice one Joshiman
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1:07am Mon 22 Apr 13

nemenator says...

I believe the Bingo Hall operator had a clause in the lease to respect the hall & to be able to revert it rapidly back into a theatre. 8 screens is far too many. I hope that clause remains as the freeholder must know these plans will fail as did the Bingo. But at least Bingo kept the Hall going for a good few years.
I believe the Bingo Hall operator had a clause in the lease to respect the hall & to be able to revert it rapidly back into a theatre. 8 screens is far too many. I hope that clause remains as the freeholder must know these plans will fail as did the Bingo. But at least Bingo kept the Hall going for a good few years. nemenator
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11:33am Mon 22 Apr 13

juleshove says...

I think a small cinema, along the lines of the everyman chain in London would be good.

With a nice bar selling wine, and tasty homemade snacks.

We don't want the nasty big complex style with awful snacks and coke by the litre attracting the chavs..
I think a small cinema, along the lines of the everyman chain in London would be good. With a nice bar selling wine, and tasty homemade snacks. We don't want the nasty big complex style with awful snacks and coke by the litre attracting the chavs.. juleshove
  • Score: -1

12:03pm Mon 22 Apr 13

whereisthe...? says...

Oh yes - there really is SUCH a recession going on for the rich...

Its our excuse for 'Austerity' (war on the poor) don't you know...
Oh yes - there really is SUCH a recession going on for the rich... Its our excuse for 'Austerity' (war on the poor) don't you know... whereisthe...?
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12:48pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Cave Johnson says...

This is doomed to fail. We already have 3 cinemas, or 4 if you count the Dukes at Komedia, so Brighton simply isn't big enough to warrant another. It is a stupid idea.
This is doomed to fail. We already have 3 cinemas, or 4 if you count the Dukes at Komedia, so Brighton simply isn't big enough to warrant another. It is a stupid idea. Cave Johnson
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5:14pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Euly says...

Great idea
Great idea Euly
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5:24pm Mon 22 Apr 13

BURIRAM says...

Good Idea, hope this can come about soon.
Good Idea, hope this can come about soon. BURIRAM
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8:15am Tue 23 Apr 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

juleshove wrote:
I think a small cinema, along the lines of the everyman chain in London would be good.

With a nice bar selling wine, and tasty homemade snacks.

We don't want the nasty big complex style with awful snacks and coke by the litre attracting the chavs..
Couldn't have put it better myself;

Last time that I went to the cinema, it was full of chavs talking at the top of their voice, rustling crips packets and making and receiving calls on their mobiles.

Chav life; its happening every everywhere...
[quote][p][bold]juleshove[/bold] wrote: I think a small cinema, along the lines of the everyman chain in London would be good. With a nice bar selling wine, and tasty homemade snacks. We don't want the nasty big complex style with awful snacks and coke by the litre attracting the chavs..[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better myself; Last time that I went to the cinema, it was full of chavs talking at the top of their voice, rustling crips packets and making and receiving calls on their mobiles. Chav life; its happening every everywhere... BornInBrighton1968
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12:01am Wed 24 Apr 13

losdude says...

I think it's great that talks are in process to get this venue back into shape! My parents met there when they were young and they always say what a shame it is that it's deterioting!
Not sure about an 8 screen cinema, think a good large live music venue may suit the building more and attract more people......
I think it's great that talks are in process to get this venue back into shape! My parents met there when they were young and they always say what a shame it is that it's deterioting! Not sure about an 8 screen cinema, think a good large live music venue may suit the building more and attract more people...... losdude
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12:56am Wed 24 Apr 13

george E. says...

I went to the Hippodrome in 1952 to see Laurel and Hardy on stage. I still enjoy watching their movies. That was back in the days when we could park the car outside our flat on Gloucester Road. Hard to believe the fish and chip shop is still there after all these years. Good memories.
I went to the Hippodrome in 1952 to see Laurel and Hardy on stage. I still enjoy watching their movies. That was back in the days when we could park the car outside our flat on Gloucester Road. Hard to believe the fish and chip shop is still there after all these years. Good memories. george E.
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