Brighton, Blackpool and Lyme Regis split £130k coastal revival funding
Brighton Hippodrome is among three seaside theatres at risk of damage or closure to receive a share of around £130,000 towards their restoration.
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Pavilion Theatre and the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis will also receive financial support as part of a government scheme to rejuvenate coastal towns and cities.
Brighton Hippodrome has been awarded £44,600 towards its restoration, following a feasibility study that revealed the venue – featured on the Theatres at Risk register since 2009 – was fit to become a “theatre of varieties”.
The Pavilion Theatre has been granted £50,000 towards repairing the venue’s walls and roof, which managing director Michael Williams said was recognition “of how vital such historic theatres as the Pavilion are”.
He added: “Although still a very beautiful and atmospheric place, the Pavilion is in need of significant repair and restoration.
“The roof needs attention to protect the interiors, and this funding will ensure the works are completed as soon as possible to prevent any further issues.”
Elsewhere, the Marine Theatre was granted £39,000 from the coastal revival fund to fix the theatre’s roof and prevent the building’s “imminent collapse”.
Artistic director Clemmie Reynolds welcomed the funding, saying: “This money will enable us to repair the critical structural damage of the theatre’s exterior and large hole in the roof that regularly leaks rain water into the beautiful historic interior.”
She continued: “This damage is a result of both the theatre’s age and seaside location, and if left undone, would have threatened the continued survival of the theatre that is at the heart of the community of Lyme Regis.”
The £3 million coastal revival fund was announced by communities minister Brandon Lewis, who explained that while the UK’s coastal communities boast some “iconic attractions”, many have fallen into disrepair.
Lewis added that the fund “aims to restore [the venues] to their former glory”.