Scarborough Council’s cabinet has this morning voted to explore replacing The Futurist Theatre with “magical cave-themed attraction”.
The in principle decision will see the iconic building demolished if it progresses all they way.
Part of St Nicholas Gardens would also be purchased to create a botanical garden to link the Foreshore with the town centre.
The plan came from a party named only as Bidder B.
In its proposal it stated that it would replace The Futurist with: “A visitor attraction showcasing and displaying three distinct environments consisting of ‘subterranean, on the coastline and sky’ consisting of:
• A ‘landmark pebble building’ with a magical cave-themed indoor environment
• A glass-fronted building with water cascading down the front
• A ‘high octane, adrenaline fuelled’ roller coaster
• A 55 metre ‘iconic’ lighthouse structure and Space Shot Tower which propels guests 55 metres into the sky
• A walk-through aviary
• A new town square for Scarborough (on the site of King Street car park)
• An elevated dining venue giving diners views of the North Sea
• An undercover botanical garden (on a parcel of land within St Nicholas Gardens)
• 10,500 sq ft of potential residential, office or hotel space
The Bidder has confirmed that no cinema offer would be located within the development.
A restaurant proposal from another bidder had been rejected by council officers.
The other option for the council would have been to progress with the demolition of the theatre and move on with the development of the site and the King Street car park.
The cost of demolition has been estimated at £600,000.
Cllr Bill Chatt said: “For years we have been waiting for a bid it come from someone waiting to run the theatre for more than four years and it is not coming.
“We have to move on and move forward.”
Patricia David, of the Save Our Futurist Group said she was extremely upset at the developments.
She said the council had been ‘evil’ and had ‘set the theatre up to fail’.