“Bradford Odeon has had to be imaginative with its funding.." says Miss Appleby.
“Bradford Odeon has had to be imaginative with its funding." says Miss Appleby. Image: Tim Green Flickr CC BY 2.0

Dozens of UK theatres at risk of being demolished, experts say

The annual Theatres at Risk register, which is collated by the Theatres Trust – the national advisory public body for theatres – lists 30 buildings across England, Scotland and Wales it believes could be demolished or redeveloped, despite having a potential future if restored.

“With the right level of support and the expertise provided by the Theatres Trust, all have the potential to be restored and enjoyed by their communities for generations to come.” Of the 176 theatres that have been on the list since it began in 2006, 78 have been reopened or are being refurbished. Claire Appleby, the Theatres Trust’s architecture adviser, said the work of small volunteer groups such as the Burnley Empire Theatre Trust was often what stopped buildings being demolished or redeveloped. “These buildings are still there; you might pass them everyday on your way to work and not notice them,”.

To find out more about the efforts of the Theatre Trust at conservation of these buildings, log on to The Guardian.