The ArgusThousands sign Brighton Hippodrome petition (From The Argus)

Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.

Thousands sign Brighton Hippodrome petition

The Argus: The Brighton Hippodrome The Brighton Hippodrome

A campaign to bring live performances back to the Brighton Hippodrome is gathering pace.

Signatures on a petition calling for a space for live performance to be included in £18 million refurbishment plans for the theatre are being added at a rate of more than two a minute.

More than 4,800 people had signed the petition by yesterday lunchtime calling on Brighton and Hove City Council and English Heritage to reject the current plans for an eight-screen cinema at the building in Middle Street in Brighton, which was last used as a theatre in 1965.

Click here to sign the petition.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:49am Wed 19 Mar 14

ON THE RIVET says...

This place needs to be saved.
Absolutely brilliant place inside which should be used for it's proper use. Please everybody sign the petition
This place needs to be saved. Absolutely brilliant place inside which should be used for it's proper use. Please everybody sign the petition ON THE RIVET
  • Score: 10

11:30am Wed 19 Mar 14

billy goat-gruff says...

Why not use the Astoria as a cinema and leave the Hippodrome alone!
Why not use the Astoria as a cinema and leave the Hippodrome alone! billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 8

3:07pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Valerie Paynter says...

I signed. If new cinemas are needed anywhere in the city it is way way further to the wes of the city. Too many cinemas is surely a good reason to refuse the application.

And whilst 38 Degrees has a big reach because so many of us are on its mailing list, there is the i360 Stop the Loan petition running too. It is on Change.org and can be viewed via a link on the saveHOVE website
http://savehove.word
press.com/2014/03/13
/the-i360-petition-s
ome-use-and-link-iss
ues/
I signed. If new cinemas are needed anywhere in the city it is way way further to the wes of the city. Too many cinemas is surely a good reason to refuse the application. And whilst 38 Degrees has a big reach because so many of us are on its mailing list, there is the i360 Stop the Loan petition running too. It is on Change.org and can be viewed via a link on the saveHOVE website http://savehove.word press.com/2014/03/13 /the-i360-petition-s ome-use-and-link-iss ues/ Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 2

3:38pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ThinkBrighton says...

ON THE RIVET wrote:
This place needs to be saved.
Absolutely brilliant place inside which should be used for it's proper use. Please everybody sign the petition
Better a cinema than a pile of rubble, some body is trying to save this building.
[quote][p][bold]ON THE RIVET[/bold] wrote: This place needs to be saved. Absolutely brilliant place inside which should be used for it's proper use. Please everybody sign the petition[/p][/quote]Better a cinema than a pile of rubble, some body is trying to save this building. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 4

6:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

Why not have a petition to stop anyone investing and bringing a new life to derelict buildings and outdated attractions in Brighton and Hove. This would be far more efficient and result in less work and effort for the hard pressed busybodies with nothing better to do.
Why not have a petition to stop anyone investing and bringing a new life to derelict buildings and outdated attractions in Brighton and Hove. This would be far more efficient and result in less work and effort for the hard pressed busybodies with nothing better to do. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 7

7:55pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Eugenius says...

Maybe they're hoping to establish themselves as a new cinema before Kingswest is demolished (in my dreams - I would love to see the horrible architecture of Kingswest and Brighton Centre knocked down to make way for a new conference centre and art gallery designed by Santiago Calatrava or Zaha Hadid).

Hippodrome hasn't been a live entertainment venue for 50 years so if couldn't be made to work in that time that's probably a sign that there are unsurmountable issues. I like the romantic idea of saving a large theatre space but the petitioners don't actually have an alternative plan on the table so it's really just a petition to leave it derelict indefinitely.

Alaska's plans will see the best part of Frank Matcham's auditorium restored and liven up Ship Street and Middle Street so personally I hope it gets approval.
Maybe they're hoping to establish themselves as a new cinema before Kingswest is demolished (in my dreams - I would love to see the horrible architecture of Kingswest and Brighton Centre knocked down to make way for a new conference centre and art gallery designed by Santiago Calatrava or Zaha Hadid). Hippodrome hasn't been a live entertainment venue for 50 years so if couldn't be made to work in that time that's probably a sign that there are unsurmountable issues. I like the romantic idea of saving a large theatre space but the petitioners don't actually have an alternative plan on the table so it's really just a petition to leave it derelict indefinitely. Alaska's plans will see the best part of Frank Matcham's auditorium restored and liven up Ship Street and Middle Street so personally I hope it gets approval. Eugenius
  • Score: 4

10:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hoggleboggle says...

I for one support this proposal, although I would like to see the restored auditorium turned I to more than just a restaurant. This appeal is both factually incorrect and will simply lead to the venue remain vacant and continue to degrade.
I for one support this proposal, although I would like to see the restored auditorium turned I to more than just a restaurant. This appeal is both factually incorrect and will simply lead to the venue remain vacant and continue to degrade. hoggleboggle
  • Score: 1

11:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jo_brown says...

Agree with the points made, I think people are signing the petition on the streets of Brighton to "save" the Hippodrome without realising that they are actually signing to oppose the current plans, which are the only realistic chance on the table to save this Brighton gem. Such a shame. The Council need to be aware of this.
Agree with the points made, I think people are signing the petition on the streets of Brighton to "save" the Hippodrome without realising that they are actually signing to oppose the current plans, which are the only realistic chance on the table to save this Brighton gem. Such a shame. The Council need to be aware of this. jo_brown
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jo_brown says...

And why does the Argus have a link to the 38 degree petition which opposes the current application? Isn't that rather disingenuous? Ok ... In the interests of fairness here is the development's website... Please look at both sides before signing anything, or the Hippodrome will be going in the same direction as the poor old West Pier. www.brightonhippodro
me.co.uk
And why does the Argus have a link to the 38 degree petition which opposes the current application? Isn't that rather disingenuous? Ok ... In the interests of fairness here is the development's website... Please look at both sides before signing anything, or the Hippodrome will be going in the same direction as the poor old West Pier. www.brightonhippodro me.co.uk jo_brown
  • Score: 2

2:52am Tue 25 Mar 14

ken standing says...

A multiplex cinema could go anywhere and I'm not sure there's the demand for more screens anyway in central Brighton.

The starting point should be to save the Hippodrome in its original state. Restored and managed with flair and imagination it would be a real attraction for Brighton ..... and get the Bootleg Beatles to do a gig. Properly advertised that'd pull a crowd and show it could be viable.

Brighton need enthusiasm not weary apathetic resignation to losing its wonders.
A multiplex cinema could go anywhere and I'm not sure there's the demand for more screens anyway in central Brighton. The starting point should be to save the Hippodrome in its original state. Restored and managed with flair and imagination it would be a real attraction for Brighton ..... and get the Bootleg Beatles to do a gig. Properly advertised that'd pull a crowd and show it could be viable. Brighton need enthusiasm not weary apathetic resignation to losing its wonders. ken standing
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree