Council leader Tom Fox was put firmly in the spotlight on Monday as campaigners trying to save the Futurist from closure presented him with a petition of more than 4,000 signatures.
A large crowd gathered outside the Town Hall before the Full Council meeting, where the council was due to approve the entering into an agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to progress options for the potential development of the theatre site
The council claims the cost of bringing the theatre up to standard is to high for it to justify.
The Futurists current operator, Barrie Stead, told the Scarborough News: “I congratulate the petitioners for their great work. “It would be a great shame if the Futurist were to go and I think if it does it will be a decision that is looked back on in a few years time with a lot of regret.”
The theatre was built in 1921 and was bought by the council in 1985, before being leased to its current operators since 2002.