Futurist

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The Futurist Theatre was a theatre and cinema in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was located on Foreshore Road, on the sea front of the South Bay. The theatre closed on 6 January 2014 after the operator's lease expired. The building was demolished by August 2018.

The Futurist was built as a cinema in 1921. It remained in this role until 1958 when the stage was extended to allow live performances at the venue. The Beatles performed there twice, on 11 December 1963 and on 9 August 1964. Extensions to the stage allowed the popular The Black and White Minstrel Show to perform there many times when it was owned (between 1966 and 1974) by Robert Luff, the producer of the stage version. The extension to the stage meant the closure of the adjacent Arcadia Theatre which became a lounge.

During the 1980s, Scarborough Borough Council took over the property and leased the theatre to Apollo Leisure Ltd (UK), who ran it until September 2002. In December 2002, Barrie C. Stead, who also runs the Hollywood Plaza cinema, took over the Futurist and refurbished the theatre and cinema, installing new projectors, DTS sound system and a new CinemaScope screen.

The Futurist had the twelfth largest capacity (2,155) of a theatre in the country, and the fifth largest outside London.

Events

1944
Frivolities of 1944
1953
Catlins Showtime
1961
Black and White Minstrel Show
1964
Arthur Haynes Show
1965
Holiday Carnival
1977
Black and White Minstrel Show

Programmes 

1944

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Frivolities of 1944

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1964

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Arthur Haynes Show

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1953

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Catlins Showtime

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1965

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Holiday Carnival

1111

1961

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Black and White Minstrel Show

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1977

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Black and White Minstrel Show

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