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Updated: Nov 14


Frankie Vaughn, David Essex, The Rocky Horror show, Ken Dodd (with the Diddymen), just a few of the shows I attended at this theatre from about 1964. I was not fortunate enough, regrettably, to see the Beatles on either of their visits.

Built in 1921, this 2000 seat Theatre became both an icon and an eyesore on Scarborough’s South Bay seafront, an entertainment complex which made the family seaside package complete.


Three Attempts to have the building made a grade II-listed building, by Historic England, failed. Sadly in 2014, after a long fight by the residents of Scarborough, the building was earmarked for demolition.

These images represent an historic record of the systematic demise and subsequent transformation of the site. Work was completed in Spring 2019.



The space was occupied with a temporary attraction for the 2019 summer season, in the form of an observation wheel. The wheel was erected again during the Covid19 lock down 2020...makeshift?

What will the ‘Future’ bring ?







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