Liberal Democrats in Brighton and Hove are supporting moves to get the Hippodrome declared an Asset of Community Value (ACV) as part of efforts to save the historic building as a live music venue. With the Hippodrome petition due to be presented to Brighton & Hove City Council later this week, the Lib Dems want the council to review its decision not to apply for ACV status. The historic building in Middle Street is in urgent need of repairs. A recent proposal from the Vue cinema group met with massive local opposition as it would leave only the shell of the historic building intact and stop the building ever returning to a live music venue in the future.
Brighton Lib Dems welcome the call for an “open discussion” on the future of the Brighton Hippodrome theatre following the collapse of plans to convert the historic building into a cinema.
THE Brighton Hippodrome has been an entertainment venue since 1897, acting at different times as a musical hall, ice rink, circus, vaudeville theatre, and has hosted shows by legendary artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It has been empty since 2007, when it was used as a bingo hall.
The community group who are campaigning to save the Brighton Hippodrome as a venue for live theatre have added a new page to their website detailing what the campaigners consider to shortcomings in the way Brighton and Hove City Council has handled the prospects for the Hippodrome’s future.