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How COVID-19 has affected the campaign.

When we started the campaign COVID hadn’t been heard of, there was a shortage of community space and workspace in Streatham and a desire in the community to save the practically empty SHT. This was an opportunity to help with the regeneration of the local area and local high street that was beginning to happen. It gathered wide support from the community, industry and local businesses. Streatham Space Project were supportive as they see the benefits of bring more footfall to Streatham with a bigger arts/culture/entertainment offer.

We were and remain clear that this revived building could not just be a theatre but had to have multiple uses, including working/meeting space, facilities for creatives and a potential home for creative organisations as well as event and performance spaces, food and beverage offerings etc.

As COVID has hit us, this need for flexibility and not being tied to a small number of offers has become more important. Post-COVID the potential for the revived building to help regenerate the local economy and bring the community back together will be even more important. Also, if business keeps working away from the office there may be the need for smaller co-working hubs more locally. The viability study and EIA will be looking at these issues and opportunities, and also consulting with other venues in the area.

Welcome to our website

We have spent some of our volunteer time creating a new, easier to use website. Please explore using the menu above to see more about the theatre’s heritage and our campaign to revive it. Then you can join the campaign and help us take it forward.

We now also have online photo and video galleries.

Our blog covers key events throughout the history of the building from the 1920s, and the story of our campaign right up to date:

The heritage of the lighting control systems

At our campaign meeting on 15th July 2020, Matt Haskins, international lighting designer, presented an illustrated history of the lighting control systems at the theatre. His slides are available here.

A vision for the future: July 2020

Our volunteer architecture team has created a vision of how the building can be adapted to suit future use as a flexible multi-purpose arts and culture centre, with workspace for creatives and small businesses. Here are some of the artists’ impressions.

The Friends AGM for 2019-2020

Our AGM for the past financial year was held on 17th June 2020 using an online video call due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The minutes are available here, and other papers here.

Crowdfund Target Exceeded! Thank you! What’s happening next?

Thanks to your great support we reached the target before the deadline!

Since then we have been working with the Mayor of London & the GLA to make arrangements for their pledge to be paid – it will be released in stages. Meanwhile your pledge will soon be taken by Spacehive – watch out for messages from them. And Lambeth will be releasing their pledge too.

In recognition of your support, we have made you a member of the Friends – there’s no charge for membership. We have also put you on our email list for our regular newsletters with updates on the progress of the study project and the wider campaign. An archive of messages is available here. If you find you are not getting those newsletters, you can sign up to the list here. If you want to unsubscribe from the email list at anytime you can click the link in any of the messages you receive.

We also hold regular fortnightly online campaign meetings which you are very welcome to join in – details in the newsletters. The next one is also our Annual General Meeting where we elect our committee, and we will also be voting on charity status.

We are working on a tender to send out to potential providers for the viability study, and thanks to a grant from Theatres Trust we can extend the scope of work to include an economic impact assessment to help show the benefits a revived building can bring, especially as we exit COVID-19.

Thanks once again and watch out for updates on saving Streatham Hill Theatre.

‘Theatre at Risk’ Streatham Hill Theatre gets a helping hand from Theatres Trust

A grant of £6,000 has been awarded to The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre to contribute towards a viability study and economic impact assessment.

Streatham Hill Theatre is one of London’s most lavish ‘sleeping beauties’ and the last theatre designed by W G R Sprague, the architect responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London. It has been on the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register since 2017.

This support will contribute to the crowdfunding campaign that Friends of Streatham Hill is running to fund a viability study and other vital steps needed to return the theatre to community use. The viability study will be important in proving a viable and sustainable future use for the building and in bringing other stakeholders on board.

Streatham Hill Theatre is one of six theatres to receive funding through the second round of the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme, run by the national advisory body for theatres. The others are Brighton Hippodrome, Derby Hippodrome, Granada in Walthamstow, Groundings Theatre in Portsmouth and Leith Theatre.

Wow thanks, we hit the crowdfund target! And Lambeth adds £7,500!

Wow, we hit the target early! Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign and pledged so far. The target has been a bit of a moving one as it includes estimated Spacehive platform and transaction charges which depend on the number and size of pledges, so a new pledge can change the target making it difficult to hit exactly, but thanks to those who tried that!

We’ll continue to keep the crowdfund open until the target date as any overfunding beyond the target can be used to support the campaign and go towards future phases, such as an Economic Impact Assessment to show the benefits to the local economy from regenerating the old theatre as a new arts and cultural centre.

AND IN BREAKING NEWS we’ve have heard from Lambeth that they are giving £7,500 towards the campaign which is a great boost. Thanks to everyone there who has been helping us. More to follow.

Lambeth backs FoSHT campaign

Lambeth Council has backed up the commitment it made to Streatham in the recently published Streatham Investment & Growth Strategy 2019-30 by committing £7,500 to the crowdfunding campaign set up by the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre (FoSHT), as part of their ambition to revive the former theatre.

Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, wrote to the friends group, congratulating them on running an effective and inspiring campaign that had gained strong local support.

He said: “I‘m delighted this money will see the campaign meet its fundraising target and I look forward to working with the owners, FoSHT, the BID and others in bringing the former theatre back into productive use.”

Your help needed as Streatham Hill Theatre Crowdfund Deadline Looms – it’s all or nothing!

Campaigners to save Streatham Hill Theatre are asking for your help for a final push to meet their 25th May crowdfund deadline. If you haven’t already pledged, please do what you can. If you have, can you spare a bit more please? Please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to follow your lead and help the campaign. If the target is not met on time, all pledges are lost!

See the full release here.