The Futurist Theatre pictured in 2010

Futurist Theatre in Scarborough - memories of how it used to look

The Futurist Theatre, in Scarborough’s South Bay, once played host to the biggest names of the day, including the Beatles, Shirley Bassey and the Rolling Stones.

But it has been consigned to history and the demolition process started last year. The overall project to ensure the site is left in a cleared, reinforced and finished state, ready to accommodate future development, should be complete by the end of March. These pictures from our archives show memories of the much-loved theatre.

The theatre had a capacity of more than 2,000 - making it one of the largest outside London.

1. Futurist Theatre in Scarborough

The theatre had a capacity of more than 2,000 - making it one of the largest outside London.
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It was built as a cinema in 1921. This photo shows the seafront building in 1969, 11 years after the stage was extended to allow live performances.

2. Futurist Theatre in Scarborough

It was built as a cinema in 1921. This photo shows the seafront building in 1969, 11 years after the stage was extended to allow live performances.
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The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry, were regular performers at the Futurist, always drawing good crowds to their comedy shows.

3. Futurist Theatre in Scarborough

The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry, were regular performers at the Futurist, always drawing good crowds to their comedy shows.
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A look inside the theatre, which was the 12th biggest in the country, but by 2014 audiences were declining audiences and the work needed to upgrade the venue was said to have run in to millions of pounds.

4. Futurist Theatre at Scarborough

A look inside the theatre, which was the 12th biggest in the country, but by 2014 audiences were declining audiences and the work needed to upgrade the venue was said to have run in to millions of pounds.
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