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Streatham Is Open!

We were at the #StreathamIsOpen event on Saturday 8th February 2020 – some of our photos are on our Flickr site where you can also find more photos of the campaign and theatre.

Help now!

Next step is to crowdfund a viability study

Thanks to everyone of our supporters for your help with the campaign so far.

Our next step is to commission a viability study to explore options and show how to make this grand old building into a sustainable asset for the benefit of the community. We are crowdfunding via Spacehive and have the opportunity to be considered for Mayor of London funding but we need to demonstrate local support.

So please go to, like the project, leave a supporting comment and if you can pledge even a small amount. We have less than a month to get enough support to get on the Mayor’s radar!

Theatre At Risk: 28th January 2020

Streatham Hill Theatre remains on this year’s Risk Register, as launched by Gary Kemp at Hoxton Hall.

Lambeth Council confirms support for FoSHT campaign

From Lambeth Council Minutes 22 January 2020

Councillor Liz Atkins to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and
New Homes, Councillor Mathew Bennett:

Supplementary question

Councillor L. Atkins welcomed the recently published Streatham Investment and Growth Strategy 2019-30 and asked whether the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes would work with the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, Streatham BID and the current leaseholders to determine the meanwhile use of the building. Councillor L. Atkins asked the Cabinet Member to support plans, which had been put forward by the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, to carry out a viability study and to publicly endorse their bid to crowdfund costs through the Mayor’s CrowdFund London 2020 scheme and to provide funding through Lambeth’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

Supplementary answer

Councillor Bennett responded by stating he fully supported the work that had taken place to refurbish and rejuvenate Streatham Hill Theatre but recognised more still needed to be done. With this in mind, the Cabinet Member confirmed he was happy to support the suggestion that had been put forward by Councillor L. Atkins.

Lambeth commits to exploring opportunities for Streatham Hill Theatre

Lambeth Council, 22 January 2020
Questions from Councillors

From: Councillor Liz Atkins, Streatham Hill Ward
To: Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes

Streatham Hill Theatre

What is the council doing to ensure that the Streatham Hill Theatre is brought back into use as a thriving community asset?


The recently published Streatham Investment and Growth Strategy 2019 -30 has been developed to provide a coherent vision for investment and growth in Streatham. One of the objectives focuses on providing spaces for better and new experiences, with a view to improving existing public spaces to improve visitor experience, create healthier streets, encourage dwell time and attract people to the area.

The strategy commits us to exploring opportunities for Streatham Hill Theatre, with an opportunity analysis and appraisal to explore the feasibility of refurbishing and rejuvenating Streatham Hill Theatre. This should look at owner appetite, funding opportunities, lease structures and operating models. It will also need to identify potential occupant organisations or theatre production groups, as well as broad scope of community uses outside of operating hours. To be successful it will need to accommodate a range of uses and performance types, including rehearsal and community spaces for hire, street-front activation and concessions that operate across the day.

The Council submitted an Expression of Interest to the MHCLG Future High Streets Fund in 2019, seeking £340,000 revenue funding to explore the redevelopment and/ or repurposing of a number of catalytic town centre projects in Streatham, including the Theatre site. Unfortunately the EOI was unsuccessful; however relevant future rounds of grant funding will be applied for.

Lambeth Local Plan 2020 supports Streatham Hill Theatre regeneration

The 2020 Draft Lambeth Local Plan states: “The former Streatham Hill Theatre is Grade II listed and provides a transformative opportunity to provide a major leisure and entertainment venue with the potential for workspace for creative, digital and cultural industries.“ (p. 405) and “The council will support [its] … regeneration … to become a major leisure and entertainment venue alongside workspace for creative and cultural industries” (p. 410).

90th Anniversary Celebration: 20th November 2019

To its centenary and beyond!

90 years to the day the theatre opened with “Wake Up and Dream“, ‘Streatham Stars’ Simon Callow and Catherine Russell joined us to celebrate, cut the cake and launch our crowd-funder for a viability study to examine its future for community use.

Stars of stage and screen came together to wish “Happy 90th Birthday” to the disused Streatham Hill Theatre. Simon Callow and Catherine Russell, both with strong connections to Streatham, are supporting our campaign to see it brought back to life as an arts, entertainment and community hub for South London.

To start that journey to provide new opportunities and inspiration for those who live in the area, we are also launching our crowd-funding campaign today.

To help The Friends develop their own proposals for future use of the building, we have formed a panel of professional advisors including architects and consultants, who are providing free help and advice.

However, to carry out a viability study to determine how best to proceed The Friends will need to raise funds. Please help us make the first steps towards reawakening this sleeping beauty as an arts and cultural centre for the community.

Let’s reawaken this sleeping beauty for its centenary and beyond, to provide new opportunities and inspiration for arts and culture.

Initial press release, chairman’s remarks and follow-up press release.

Streatham Investment & Growth Strategy highlights benefits of restoring Streatham Hill Theatre

The Streatham Investment and Growth Strategy 2019-30 sets out plans to explore opportunities for Streatham Hill Theatre as part of a wider regeneration strategy for Streatham that aims to:

  • challenge perceptions and attract inward Investment to Streatham;
  • diversify the town centre economy;
  • provide space for growth and enterprise;
  • improve the resident and visitor experience;
  • and progress development opportunities.

It states that “Successfully restoring this building would bring significant improvements to the public realm and historic/cultural fabric of the area, as well as delivering against a number of other objectives presented in this strategy (e.g. Strengthening and Diversifying the Town Centre).

Theatres At Risk Register: 22nd January 2019

SHT continues to be listed on the Theatres Trust ‘At Risk Register‘, launched today at Alexandra Palace Theatre by Jack Dee. London Live’s news covered the event…

Asset of Community Value status confirmed

Now that bingo has ceased, the Friends of Streatham Hill are campaigning for the building to be brought back into use for arts/culture/performance use for the benefit of the community. This would support regeneration of the local area, provide much needed support for local arts and culture, and offer a destination for leisure and entertainment in Streatham.

Lambeth has confirmed the building as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in January 2019 after a review requested by Beacon Bingo. ACV was originally granted in July 2018 after an application by the Friends. This recognises that recent use of the building for the benefit of the community and that it could have a community use in the future.

See the full update here.