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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.

Programmes 

1944

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Frivolities of 1944

1107

1954

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All Star Variety

1105

1962

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You'll Be Lucky

1064

1968

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Black and White Minstrel Show

1033

1972

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Black and White Minstrel Show

1060

1976

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Val Doonican Show

1083

1990

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Bobbie Davro

1084

1947

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Catlins Arcadia Showtime Parade

1071

1958

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Show Band Show

1128

1964

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Arthur Haynes Show

1121

1969

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Black and White Minstrel Show

1059

1973

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The Lulu Show

1131

1977

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Black and White Minstrel Show

1109

1953

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Catlins Showtime

1122

1959

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Friends and Neighbours

1089

1965

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Holiday Carnival

1111

1970

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Ken Dodd

1075

1974

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Startime 74

1061

1979

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Marti Caine

1062

1954

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Catlins Showtime

1152

1961

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Black and White Minstrel Show

1063

1967

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The Bachelors

1088

1971

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The Bachelors Show

1058

1975

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Mike Yarwood Summer Spectacular

577

1981

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Tom O'Connor Startime

1154

Events

1944
Frivolities of 1944
1947
Catlins Arcadia Showtime Parade
1953
Catlins Showtime
1954
Catlins Showtime
1954
All Star Variety
1958
Show Band Show
1959
Friends and Neighbours
1961
Black and White Minstrel Show
1962
You'll Be Lucky
1964
Arthur Haynes Show
1965
Holiday Carnival
1967
The Bachelors
1968
Black and White Minstrel Show
1969
Black and White Minstrel Show
1970
Ken Dodd
1971
The Bachelors Show
1972
Black and White Minstrel Show
1973
The Lulu Show
1974
Startime 74
1975
Mike Yarwood Summer Spectacular
1976
Val Doonican Show
1977
Black and White Minstrel Show
1979
Marti Caine
1981
Tom O'Connor Startime
1990
Bobbie Davro