Online petition to save Bournemouth Pier Theatre gets 1,000 signatures

Online petition to save Bournemouth Pier Theatre gets 1,000 signatures

GAINING SUPPORT: Karen Gibbs with the online petition to save the Pier Theatre

GAINING SUPPORT: The Pier Theatre

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AN ONLINE petition to save Bournemouth Pier Theatre has attracted nearly 1,000 signatures.

Karen Gibbs set up the petition three weeks ago after being saddened by the demise of the venue, which after being used to host entertainment since the 1960s, is being converted into an all-weather activity centre by developers.

The training manager said she has been buoyed by the support of the 942 people who have joined the campaign and blamed “bad management” of the theatre for its closure.

“So many of our historical landmarks have been ripped out and replaced with concrete blocks,” she added.

“The pier theatre used to have a fantastic atmosphere. The BIC is soulless by comparison.

“You never get the atmosphere at the BIC no matter how great the acts are.”

Karen, who spends much of her spare time attending shows throughout the country, said insufficient effort was made to save the theatre.

She also pointed to the examples of the Regent Centre in Christchurch and Tivoli in Wimborne as theatres she claimed have moved with the times.

She added: “It was badly managed. You never saw adverts for what was on apart from the faded old posters stuck outside.

“Every image you see of Bournemouth, the pier theatre is there. It is so sad that it’s going.

“Why don’t they ask the people of Bournemouth what we want?”

Councillor John Beesley said he recognised the theatre was held in great affection by some but that there was a need for more wet weather attractions in the area and was pleased developer Openwide is investing in the pier. “We have to recognise that the opportunity to experience varied live entertainment is very well provided for across the conurbation,” he added.

“Openwide have given a commitment to respect the structural integrity of the original building whilst potentially bringing something new and dynamic to the town.”

When told about the petition, international director of Openwide Rory Holburn, said: “No comment. I’m not going to say anything about that.”

He added that the development will be completed before the summer season.

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1:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

Cllr Beesley, you speak a load of lies and rubbish. When the IMAX issue started, you and your party put it to Bourenmouth as to what to do with the space. Many all weather facilities and activities were suggested, in fact the ideas came top of the list with the most votes. Nothing was mentioned or suggested about the Pier Theatre. Indeed, this is not the first petition brought up regarding the Pier Theatre. Was it 2011 or 2012 a huge response was made on Openwide bidding for the theatre to turn it in to an all weather amenity. No one took a blind bit of notice what the public of Bournemouth wanted, on both accounts of the theatre and what to do with IMAX space.

Who in their right mind, with downpours, high winds, would come down to Bournemouth knowing that the beach is a No No, and then walk along a drenched open pier to a facility that is absolutely useless. If the beaches are empty, is everyone going to walk the pier, I dont think so.

Mr Beesley, you and your council have devistated this town to the point that no one wants to visit as there is nothing to do. You and your party, and your predecessors have ruined this town for the worst.

Karen Gibbs I support your petition, and the saving of the Pier Theatre. We have made progress on the Train at Hengistbury Head, causing a bit of a turn around, lets do the same for the Theatre.
Cllr Beesley, you speak a load of lies and rubbish. When the IMAX issue started, you and your party put it to Bourenmouth as to what to do with the space. Many all weather facilities and activities were suggested, in fact the ideas came top of the list with the most votes. Nothing was mentioned or suggested about the Pier Theatre. Indeed, this is not the first petition brought up regarding the Pier Theatre. Was it 2011 or 2012 a huge response was made on Openwide bidding for the theatre to turn it in to an all weather amenity. No one took a blind bit of notice what the public of Bournemouth wanted, on both accounts of the theatre and what to do with IMAX space. Who in their right mind, with downpours, high winds, would come down to Bournemouth knowing that the beach is a No No, and then walk along a drenched open pier to a facility that is absolutely useless. If the beaches are empty, is everyone going to walk the pier, I dont think so. Mr Beesley, you and your council have devistated this town to the point that no one wants to visit as there is nothing to do. You and your party, and your predecessors have ruined this town for the worst. Karen Gibbs I support your petition, and the saving of the Pier Theatre. We have made progress on the Train at Hengistbury Head, causing a bit of a turn around, lets do the same for the Theatre. TheDistrict
  • Score: 19

1:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

I wonder when the last time was that Karen Gibbs or any of the signatories actually went to a performance at the Pier Theatre? People keep saying 'there's nothing for families' and now their gonna get some they are moaning! What's the problem?
I wonder when the last time was that Karen Gibbs or any of the signatories actually went to a performance at the Pier Theatre? People keep saying 'there's nothing for families' and now their gonna get some they are moaning! What's the problem? NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: -4

1:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

skydriver says...

I too support .this campaign.
Beasley again telling all what we will have and not let the people have e say .
Goodness sake Mr Beasley, get your neck back in its shell and listen to the people.
Local elections in May, ........
I too support .this campaign. Beasley again telling all what we will have and not let the people have e say . Goodness sake Mr Beasley, get your neck back in its shell and listen to the people. Local elections in May, ........ skydriver
  • Score: 9

1:58pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bsjc1234 says...

So where were you all last October when the Echo themselves said the theatre was closing and then at Christmas they confirmed the story and said all the seats in the theatre we being taken away free to a good home....incidentally I am lead to believe no one wanted them so am afraid they went to no one. Shame but that is how it is and there is nothing no that can be done. Great shame though.
So where were you all last October when the Echo themselves said the theatre was closing and then at Christmas they confirmed the story and said all the seats in the theatre we being taken away free to a good home....incidentally I am lead to believe no one wanted them so am afraid they went to no one. Shame but that is how it is and there is nothing no that can be done. Great shame though. bsjc1234
  • Score: 8

2:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

raffertyj4 says...

The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.
The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development. raffertyj4
  • Score: -4

2:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

Councillor John Beesley said he recognised the theatre was held in great affection by some but that there was a need for more wet weather attractions .... a pretty feeble justification.
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Just like S&D Leisure Openwide appear determined to drag Bournemouth down with second rate attractions which are merely designed to rip off visitors. The pier theatre is not a suitable building to house a high quality indoor activity centre - the old Imax would have been far better or why not utilise the underused BIC ?.
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Bournemouth Council has a history of mismangement of the towns venues - They knocked down the Winter Gardens and Imax to leave derelict sites which have failed to secure investment, they removed the swimming pool from the BIC only for the additional exhibition space this created to stand empty for weeks on end.
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If you look around the UK there is a resurgence in small independent theatres and performance spaces especially where there is a large student population. By investing in creating a more flexible performance space rather than the rigid tiered theatre format the pier theatre could be used by more niche bands and musicians, small scale touring theatre companies, stand up comedians, local amateur theatre groups etc. Smaller venues like the pier theatre help new writers and performers to showcase their talent. The arts contribute £millions to the UK economy, far more that indoor activity centres ever will.
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The pier theatre should be classed as a community asset rather than a cash cow for a company who has no real interest in Bournemouth.
Councillor John Beesley said he recognised the theatre was held in great affection by some but that there was a need for more wet weather attractions .... a pretty feeble justification. . Just like S&D Leisure Openwide appear determined to drag Bournemouth down with second rate attractions which are merely designed to rip off visitors. The pier theatre is not a suitable building to house a high quality indoor activity centre - the old Imax would have been far better or why not utilise the underused BIC ?. . Bournemouth Council has a history of mismangement of the towns venues - They knocked down the Winter Gardens and Imax to leave derelict sites which have failed to secure investment, they removed the swimming pool from the BIC only for the additional exhibition space this created to stand empty for weeks on end. . If you look around the UK there is a resurgence in small independent theatres and performance spaces especially where there is a large student population. By investing in creating a more flexible performance space rather than the rigid tiered theatre format the pier theatre could be used by more niche bands and musicians, small scale touring theatre companies, stand up comedians, local amateur theatre groups etc. Smaller venues like the pier theatre help new writers and performers to showcase their talent. The arts contribute £millions to the UK economy, far more that indoor activity centres ever will. . The pier theatre should be classed as a community asset rather than a cash cow for a company who has no real interest in Bournemouth. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bournefre says...

I completely agree with 'TheDistrict' - people keep going on about the 'need' for 'all weather activities', or more accurately 'wet weather activities' but nobody seems to consider that people don't go to the beach when the weather's bad. The beach is busy during the summer because it's a nice place to be when the sun's shining, not because they just naturally gravitate there. The end of the pier and especially the walk to and from it are absolutely the worst possible places to be when the weather's bad, but nice places to be when the sun is shining so it seems logical to take advantage of that quality and not have another go at what the waterfront building was supposed to do.
I completely agree with 'TheDistrict' - people keep going on about the 'need' for 'all weather activities', or more accurately 'wet weather activities' but nobody seems to consider that people don't go to the beach when the weather's bad. The beach is busy during the summer because it's a nice place to be when the sun's shining, not because they just naturally gravitate there. The end of the pier and especially the walk to and from it are absolutely the worst possible places to be when the weather's bad, but nice places to be when the sun is shining so it seems logical to take advantage of that quality and not have another go at what the waterfront building was supposed to do. Bournefre
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I prefer Boscombe pier for its clean lines and unspoilt simplistic beauty.
Much like myself.

Bournemouth pier is full of tat, kids rides and general chavyness and is a place best avoided apart from when the air show is on, for a great view.
I prefer Boscombe pier for its clean lines and unspoilt simplistic beauty. Much like myself. Bournemouth pier is full of tat, kids rides and general chavyness and is a place best avoided apart from when the air show is on, for a great view. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -2

3:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Shouldn't she have done this 3 years ago? Its been in the planning for a long time now. Managed correctly I believe it could have done well but its too late now, its always had a reputation as a bit of an old venue where by-gone stars would end their days, the likes of Paul Daniels and Cannon and Ball, if the management weren't going to try to bring in fresh new talent then it was always destined for failure?
Shouldn't she have done this 3 years ago? Its been in the planning for a long time now. Managed correctly I believe it could have done well but its too late now, its always had a reputation as a bit of an old venue where by-gone stars would end their days, the likes of Paul Daniels and Cannon and Ball, if the management weren't going to try to bring in fresh new talent then it was always destined for failure? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

retry69 says...

raffertyj4 wrote:
The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.
I have to agree the last show I saw in 2013 was Colin Fry and there were more dead people than audience attending,time to move on me thinks
[quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.[/p][/quote]I have to agree the last show I saw in 2013 was Colin Fry and there were more dead people than audience attending,time to move on me thinks retry69
  • Score: 2

4:01pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Open wide.....say aghhhhhhh.
Open wide.....say aghhhhhhh. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

If you think the BIC has no atmosphere, you are clearly going to the wrong events!!!
If you think the BIC has no atmosphere, you are clearly going to the wrong events!!! speedy231278
  • Score: -1

5:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
So where were you all last October when the Echo themselves said the theatre was closing and then at Christmas they confirmed the story and said all the seats in the theatre we being taken away free to a good home....incidentally I am lead to believe no one wanted them so am afraid they went to no one. Shame but that is how it is and there is nothing no that can be done. Great shame though.
If you read my early post I refer to a previous petition, and like said, typical of Bournemouth Council who took no notice as they did with the the list produced by Bornemouth residents. They do not care, as long as they are getting the income. Roll on May 2015
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: So where were you all last October when the Echo themselves said the theatre was closing and then at Christmas they confirmed the story and said all the seats in the theatre we being taken away free to a good home....incidentally I am lead to believe no one wanted them so am afraid they went to no one. Shame but that is how it is and there is nothing no that can be done. Great shame though.[/p][/quote]If you read my early post I refer to a previous petition, and like said, typical of Bournemouth Council who took no notice as they did with the the list produced by Bornemouth residents. They do not care, as long as they are getting the income. Roll on May 2015 TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

How is it that a town of 7500 souls can not only maintain a pier, a RNLI lifeboat station, and an amazing Pavilion Theatre, when Bournemouth (with 183,000 people) cannot?

http://www.cromer-pi
er.com/
How is it that a town of 7500 souls can not only maintain a pier, a RNLI lifeboat station, and an amazing Pavilion Theatre, when Bournemouth (with 183,000 people) cannot? http://www.cromer-pi er.com/ Yankee1
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

raffertyj4 wrote:
The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.
Shall we dynamite that Old Harry Rock, and replace it with a zip line? Would that please your modern tastes?

When you grow older, and see only plastic tat, you will bemoan the lack of preservation. It happens to every generation, Sunshine. Even yours.

The future is not always attractive.
[quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.[/p][/quote]Shall we dynamite that Old Harry Rock, and replace it with a zip line? Would that please your modern tastes? When you grow older, and see only plastic tat, you will bemoan the lack of preservation. It happens to every generation, Sunshine. Even yours. The future is not always attractive. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

7:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

Suggestion to Miss Gibbs. Get a knackered old uncomfortable noddy train run by a cantankerous old woman to run a service down the pier, then get 20000 torch bearing yokels and a publicity seeking DJ on board and before you know it you will have Are You Being Served? The Next Generation playing to audiences of 20 by August.
Suggestion to Miss Gibbs. Get a knackered old uncomfortable noddy train run by a cantankerous old woman to run a service down the pier, then get 20000 torch bearing yokels and a publicity seeking DJ on board and before you know it you will have Are You Being Served? The Next Generation playing to audiences of 20 by August. s-pb2
  • Score: -1

9:38pm Mon 7 Apr 14

master plan says...

Sadly you got to move with the times your no longer in the 50's 60's or 70's!
The town is trying to draw in the tourist and chase the buck. I bet the people who signed this are the ones who want renewable energy but not on there doorsteps
Sadly you got to move with the times your no longer in the 50's 60's or 70's! The town is trying to draw in the tourist and chase the buck. I bet the people who signed this are the ones who want renewable energy but not on there doorsteps master plan
  • Score: -2

10:18pm Mon 7 Apr 14

master plan says...

Might I add 1000 signatures works out at 0.13% of dorset population
Might I add 1000 signatures works out at 0.13% of dorset population master plan
  • Score: -3

6:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

jobsworthwatch says...

raffertyj4 wrote:
The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.
Best option would be to demolish the pier, dig out pier approach, let the sea flood the lower gardens and turn them into a marina.
[quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.[/p][/quote]Best option would be to demolish the pier, dig out pier approach, let the sea flood the lower gardens and turn them into a marina. jobsworthwatch
  • Score: -2

7:09am Tue 8 Apr 14

retry69 says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
raffertyj4 wrote:
The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.
Best option would be to demolish the pier, dig out pier approach, let the sea flood the lower gardens and turn them into a marina.
What a brilliant idea,you are obviously wasted in what you do,they could even have excursions from the marina to view the wind farm up close,a certain money maker,congratulation
s
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raffertyj4[/bold] wrote: The pier theatre is old fashioned, unattractive and a waste of space. Things need to develop and move with the times. I definitely like the idea of the development.[/p][/quote]Best option would be to demolish the pier, dig out pier approach, let the sea flood the lower gardens and turn them into a marina.[/p][/quote]What a brilliant idea,you are obviously wasted in what you do,they could even have excursions from the marina to view the wind farm up close,a certain money maker,congratulation s retry69
  • Score: -1

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