Offer to salvage Futurist seats refused

A request from Saint Cecilia's to salvage some of the Futurist's theatre seats to help set up a nostalgia cinema was rejected.
A request from Saint Cecilia's to salvage some of the Futurist's theatre seats to help set up a nostalgia cinema was rejected.

As if the loss of the iconic Futurist building wasn’t a big enough scandal for Scarborough to suffer, the borough council has added insult to injury by apparently discarding all the contents that might have been salvaged.

The beautiful chandelier and 2,000 seats are being crushed under the bulldozer’s wheels as I write this letter.

Here at Saint Cecilia’s we wrote to the contractor to ask if we could have some of the seats to set up a nostalgia cinema for our clients, but were told it wasn’t possible. Apart from anything else, selling the contents could have generated some revenue.

Instead, the building is being torn down in full, unrestricted view of thousands of summer holidaymakers who are doubtless horrified that Scarborough has allowed one of the shining lights in its shop window to be extinguished in this way.

This amazing theatre was a part of Scarborough’s history. Both it and the people of Scarborough deserved much better.

Mike Padgham

Managing Director

Saint Cecilia’s Care Services Ltd

Eastway, Eastfield