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It looks as though Brighton and Hove City Council’s Planning Committee will be receiving an application within the next month or so to turn the Hippodrome in Middle Street into an eight-screen cinema and restaurant

It is most important that the Grade II* building should be restored to its full glory—a matter in which English Heritage will be required to play a crucial role.

The Hippodrome is top of the Theatres Trust list of English Theatre Buildings at Risk. You can see pictures of the magnificent and still intact interior on the Trust’s website.

It was re-designed by the foremost theatre architect of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Frank Matcham.

If you want to see what has happened to the other Brighton theatres he designed, go to the top of North Road and gaze upon the tower block called Tower Point, which adds so much to the townscape. That replaced The Grand Cinema Theatre formerly the Eden Theatre, re-designed by Matcham in 1894.

Then down to the seafront and the Brighton Centre, which, after 20 years of dereliction, replaced the Palladium Cinema, originally the Alhambra Opera House and Music Hall, designed by Matcham in 1897.

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