New Hippodrome petition calls on minister to halt conversion plans

New Hippodrome petition calls on minister to halt conversion plans

New Hippodrome petition calls on minister to halt conversion plans

First published in News

Campaigners are calling on a Government minister to stop the conversion of a historic theatre into an eight-screen cinema complex.

A petition calling on communities secretary Eric Pickles to call in the proposal to turn the Brighton Hippodrome in Middle Street into a Vue cinema.

The application was approved by Brighton and Hove City councillors at a meeting on Wednesday but the final say on whether work can begin will rest with the secretary of state.

Campaigners have already hit their target of 800 signatures for their online petition which can be signed at you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-planning-approval-for-brighton-hippodrome.

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1:39pm Sun 20 Jul 14

wicket5 says...

That web address for the petition does not work
That web address for the petition does not work wicket5
  • Score: -1

1:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

J Hill says...

That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it!
That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it! J Hill
  • Score: -4

1:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

wicket5 wrote:
That web address for the petition does not work
Ensure that you only paste the url, and not the full-stop at the end of the sentence.

It worked perfectly for me.

Otherwise, simply google '38degrees'.
[quote][p][bold]wicket5[/bold] wrote: That web address for the petition does not work[/p][/quote]Ensure that you only paste the url, and not the full-stop at the end of the sentence. It worked perfectly for me. Otherwise, simply google '38degrees'. stevo!!
  • Score: -3

6:45pm Sun 20 Jul 14

lonegull says...

Yes let's delay the project. The private investor gives up waiting and instead of a reasonably sympathetic restoration the building will become derelict and in another 7 years torn down to be replaced by something altogether far less attractive.
I'm sure we've all got our own pet projects we'd like to see there. I personally would love it to be a grand theatre showing hit west end shows but the reality is that would be totally unviable. It would never be full often enough to come close to covering the cost. Being a similar size it would also attract business from the Dome so affecting the viability of that venue and making it a larger drain on the public purse than it already is.
You might say we don't need another cinema but private enterprises aren't in the habit of throwing money away. With a growing student population I think it will prosper and continue to provide entertainment and be enjoyed as a building by many.
We mustn't let snobbery and self interest act as a brake on progress.
Yes let's delay the project. The private investor gives up waiting and instead of a reasonably sympathetic restoration the building will become derelict and in another 7 years torn down to be replaced by something altogether far less attractive. I'm sure we've all got our own pet projects we'd like to see there. I personally would love it to be a grand theatre showing hit west end shows but the reality is that would be totally unviable. It would never be full often enough to come close to covering the cost. Being a similar size it would also attract business from the Dome so affecting the viability of that venue and making it a larger drain on the public purse than it already is. You might say we don't need another cinema but private enterprises aren't in the habit of throwing money away. With a growing student population I think it will prosper and continue to provide entertainment and be enjoyed as a building by many. We mustn't let snobbery and self interest act as a brake on progress. lonegull
  • Score: 25

6:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

"We mustn't let snobbery and self interest act as a brake on progress."

One man's 'progress' is another man's 'vandalism'.
"We mustn't let snobbery and self interest act as a brake on progress." One man's 'progress' is another man's 'vandalism'. stevo!!
  • Score: -7

8:15pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Friend of Carlotta says...

J Hill wrote:
That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it!
Unfortunately you can't copy and paste from an iPad. Very frustrating that some links are live when others are not.
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it![/p][/quote]Unfortunately you can't copy and paste from an iPad. Very frustrating that some links are live when others are not. Friend of Carlotta
  • Score: -3

9:37pm Sun 20 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

If no private investor can be found, could we not find 35mill from the kitty to invest on behalf of the people of Bighton and Hove? I understand this kind of thing can be done.
If no private investor can be found, could we not find 35mill from the kitty to invest on behalf of the people of Bighton and Hove? I understand this kind of thing can be done. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 3

10:07pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Dr Wombleface says...

So it sat empty for 10 years during which time this lot who are moaning did what exactly? Now someone shows an interest in using it rather than letting it stand empty, they have a problem with it. They might want it to remain a theatre, but no-one has come forward in 10 years so what makes them think they will now?
So it sat empty for 10 years during which time this lot who are moaning did what exactly? Now someone shows an interest in using it rather than letting it stand empty, they have a problem with it. They might want it to remain a theatre, but no-one has come forward in 10 years so what makes them think they will now? Dr Wombleface
  • Score: 16

10:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Dr Wombleface wrote:
So it sat empty for 10 years during which time this lot who are moaning did what exactly? Now someone shows an interest in using it rather than letting it stand empty, they have a problem with it. They might want it to remain a theatre, but no-one has come forward in 10 years so what makes them think they will now?
It was actually 16 years.

It seems that some people require a jolt before taking action.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Wombleface[/bold] wrote: So it sat empty for 10 years during which time this lot who are moaning did what exactly? Now someone shows an interest in using it rather than letting it stand empty, they have a problem with it. They might want it to remain a theatre, but no-one has come forward in 10 years so what makes them think they will now?[/p][/quote]It was actually 16 years. It seems that some people require a jolt before taking action. stevo!!
  • Score: 12

11:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

jo_brown says...

I really hope all this negative stuff doesn't put off the real deal on the table for a restored Hippodrome..it's the real deal.
I really hope all this negative stuff doesn't put off the real deal on the table for a restored Hippodrome..it's the real deal. jo_brown
  • Score: 11

11:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

jo_brown says...

Can't wait to see this part of town rejuvenated
Can't wait to see this part of town rejuvenated jo_brown
  • Score: 9

11:45pm Sun 20 Jul 14

lewes road low life says...

Brighton has two multi screen cinemas already, one is very close by. Why exactly is this project considered to be commercially viable ? The canon cinema ( also known as the ABC ) in Eat Street was unable to compete with the Odean and Marina and closed down as a result. Although I never voted the greens in, I , like many others, have been mistaken in thinking they actually give a toss about the architecture or heritage of this town, these plans are nothing less than vandalism. How can a town as culturally and artistically rich and diverse as ours have such a dull and short sighted vision for such a beautiful building ?
Brighton has two multi screen cinemas already, one is very close by. Why exactly is this project considered to be commercially viable ? The canon cinema ( also known as the ABC ) in Eat Street was unable to compete with the Odean and Marina and closed down as a result. Although I never voted the greens in, I , like many others, have been mistaken in thinking they actually give a toss about the architecture or heritage of this town, these plans are nothing less than vandalism. How can a town as culturally and artistically rich and diverse as ours have such a dull and short sighted vision for such a beautiful building ? lewes road low life
  • Score: -5

12:15am Mon 21 Jul 14

jo_brown says...

Looking forward to actually seeing the building and surrounding hideous area restored! Thank goodness someone has the guts (!) and the £15M necessary to do it. Nothing to do with BHCC by the way, they don't own the building. Just think how amazing to have a restored Hippodrome..
Looking forward to actually seeing the building and surrounding hideous area restored! Thank goodness someone has the guts (!) and the £15M necessary to do it. Nothing to do with BHCC by the way, they don't own the building. Just think how amazing to have a restored Hippodrome.. jo_brown
  • Score: 9

1:45am Mon 21 Jul 14

jo_brown says...

Friend of Carlotta wrote:
J Hill wrote:
That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it!
Unfortunately you can't copy and paste from an iPad. Very frustrating that some links are live when others are not.
You shouldn't be copying & pasting if you feel strongly about something! No one will take notice of a generic mailing. If you have a point to make at least make it original.
[quote][p][bold]Friend of Carlotta[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: That web address works fine. Please copy it , paste it and sign it![/p][/quote]Unfortunately you can't copy and paste from an iPad. Very frustrating that some links are live when others are not.[/p][/quote]You shouldn't be copying & pasting if you feel strongly about something! No one will take notice of a generic mailing. If you have a point to make at least make it original. jo_brown
  • Score: 0

6:46am Mon 21 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

You always find out what something is worth when people are actually required to put their hands in their pockets and stump up some of their own cash. In this case the Hippodrome has been apparently empty and useless for 16 years, more than enough time for funding to be found. It hasn't. Right now it's heading for oblivion.

Signing the petition would be the architectural equivalent of a trip to Dignitas.
You always find out what something is worth when people are actually required to put their hands in their pockets and stump up some of their own cash. In this case the Hippodrome has been apparently empty and useless for 16 years, more than enough time for funding to be found. It hasn't. Right now it's heading for oblivion. Signing the petition would be the architectural equivalent of a trip to Dignitas. Plantpot
  • Score: 8

7:00am Mon 21 Jul 14

hovebat says...

A cinema is not ideal but having worked in the Hippodrome for 17 years up to it's closure 7 years ago, if something is not done soon the building will be beyond repair. Even in the photo featured you can see damage to the fabulous ceiling already, (and that photo is a fairly old one).
This is the building's last chance - at least the plans will preserve the ornate ceiling for a whole new generation.
I know those who sign this petition mean well but they are potentially signing a death sentence for the Hippodrome.
A cinema is not ideal but having worked in the Hippodrome for 17 years up to it's closure 7 years ago, if something is not done soon the building will be beyond repair. Even in the photo featured you can see damage to the fabulous ceiling already, (and that photo is a fairly old one). This is the building's last chance - at least the plans will preserve the ornate ceiling for a whole new generation. I know those who sign this petition mean well but they are potentially signing a death sentence for the Hippodrome. hovebat
  • Score: 10

10:25am Mon 21 Jul 14

hotel pianist says...

petitions, petitions petitions...these protest groups will do anything that's free...as soon as they have to spend money then the campaign stops. They all want other people to spend money for their special interest. I bet this protest group are all in their 60's at least. Sorry folks young people like the movies. we like restaurants and we even like companies to try to restore our heritage buildings, which these ones are doing. Your badge is "Save the Hippodrome" but that's exactly what these people are doing....Saving the Hippodrome. And by the way, they own it; you don't. And it seems they got planning permission honourably and fairly with even English Heritage supporting it. Your whole attitude is negative. You hold back our City.
petitions, petitions petitions...these protest groups will do anything that's free...as soon as they have to spend money then the campaign stops. They all want other people to spend money for their special interest. I bet this protest group are all in their 60's at least. Sorry folks young people like the movies. we like restaurants and we even like companies to try to restore our heritage buildings, which these ones are doing. Your badge is "Save the Hippodrome" but that's exactly what these people are doing....Saving the Hippodrome. And by the way, they own it; you don't. And it seems they got planning permission honourably and fairly with even English Heritage supporting it. Your whole attitude is negative. You hold back our City. hotel pianist
  • Score: 5

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