Work to convert Pier Theatre into wet weather attraction to start in the New Year

Bournemouth Echo: NEW ERA: Work will start soon to transform Bournemouth Pier into a wet weather attraction NEW ERA: Work will start soon to transform Bournemouth Pier into a wet weather attraction

WORK on converting Bournemouth’s Pier Theatre into an indoor adventure sports attraction will start straight after the festive period, it has been confirmed.

The all-weather attraction, which will mean the end of the theatre, was originally expected to open in May 2012 but the need to run a new power supply to the pier delayed the scheme by two years.

However, operators Openwide International said they were now in a position to start work on the privately-funded leisure scheme early in the New Year, ready for a launch in May 2014.

They intend to release full details of the scheme in the New Year but they have planning permission for a number of indoor adventure sporting attractions, including a standing surf wave, climbing walls, bouldering wall and indoor high ropes course. The original structure of the pier will be retained and the outside will remain unchanged.

In accordance with its planning conditions, Open-wide has been working with the Theatres Trust and Bournemouth Council to offer for salvage various equipment and furniture from the inside of the theatre.

A list of fixtures and fittings was circulated to local theatres but there were no takers. The seats from the theatre were advertised in The Stage newspaper and Openwide has had one response.

Bournemouth council leader Cllr John Beesley said: “Most people agree that there is a need for more wet weather attractions in Bournemouth and I am pleased that Openwide is prepared to invest more in the pier, in what could prove to be a successful attraction.

“We recognise that the Pier Theatre has been a popular facility in the past and is held in great affection by some residents.

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

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9:27am Sun 22 Dec 13

MVWHIT says...

I feel so sad this is going and doubly sad that nobody showed any interest in salvaging any fixtures. Another venue removed from sight then destroyed. At least they can't turn this one into a car park.
I feel so sad this is going and doubly sad that nobody showed any interest in salvaging any fixtures. Another venue removed from sight then destroyed. At least they can't turn this one into a car park. MVWHIT

9:29am Sun 22 Dec 13

Local Christchurch Resident says...

This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!! Local Christchurch Resident

9:32am Sun 22 Dec 13

the_baron1 says...

Perhaps "Openwide International" could Auction or sell these items locally instead of through the Stage magazine. I would have thought local people of Bournemouth would like to get their hands on some History of Bournemouth.

Shame if these items of the pier theatre are lost forever.
Perhaps "Openwide International" could Auction or sell these items locally instead of through the Stage magazine. I would have thought local people of Bournemouth would like to get their hands on some History of Bournemouth. Shame if these items of the pier theatre are lost forever. the_baron1

9:39am Sun 22 Dec 13

Dorset Logic says...

Had a great night there, this year.
It wasn't packed, but a great venue, which I believe the council wouldn't allow to put up adverts around the town to state what was on.

Simple pleasure, that took you back in time, to an old fashioned night out.
Bloody shame, doesn't really sum it up.
Had a great night there, this year. It wasn't packed, but a great venue, which I believe the council wouldn't allow to put up adverts around the town to state what was on. Simple pleasure, that took you back in time, to an old fashioned night out. Bloody shame, doesn't really sum it up. Dorset Logic

9:52am Sun 22 Dec 13

Jetwasher says...

How about fixing the lower decks of pier while your there ? They have been out of bounds for years.
How about fixing the lower decks of pier while your there ? They have been out of bounds for years. Jetwasher

10:02am Sun 22 Dec 13

Townee says...

Perhaps it should have been pulled down because it obstructs the view of the sea, just like the IMAX did. If they got rid of it we would have a much better view of the wind farm when it's built.
Perhaps it should have been pulled down because it obstructs the view of the sea, just like the IMAX did. If they got rid of it we would have a much better view of the wind farm when it's built. Townee

10:04am Sun 22 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
[quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :) retry69

10:37am Sun 22 Dec 13

BOURNE RED says...

There is no point keeping it as a theatre if it does not make money.. Simple, if anything the whole pier needs to be knocked down and start again with modern ideas, as ill pier looks so dated but not in a good way, we defiantly do not have the best pier in the country, but if it was rebuilt, extended both width, and length, a few new ideas, and a impressive building, we would have something to show off to the world.!
There is no point keeping it as a theatre if it does not make money.. Simple, if anything the whole pier needs to be knocked down and start again with modern ideas, as ill pier looks so dated but not in a good way, we defiantly do not have the best pier in the country, but if it was rebuilt, extended both width, and length, a few new ideas, and a impressive building, we would have something to show off to the world.! BOURNE RED

10:45am Sun 22 Dec 13

ljc1976 says...

I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier!
I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier! ljc1976

12:11pm Sun 22 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Another loss making idea. Look them up, hardly a good record, and I bet council (our) money gets wasted. Visitors to Bournemouth are not wanting to take a trek to the pier when it is wet and windy.

Openwide International Group
3 Pier Approach
Bournemouth
BH2 5AA
United Kingdom
Another loss making idea. Look them up, hardly a good record, and I bet council (our) money gets wasted. Visitors to Bournemouth are not wanting to take a trek to the pier when it is wet and windy. Openwide International Group 3 Pier Approach Bournemouth BH2 5AA United Kingdom High Treason

12:26pm Sun 22 Dec 13

John T says...

ljc1976 wrote:
I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier!
I think OPENWIDE might be expecting a phantom boat to crash into the pier in the middle of the night, when their enterprise goes t.ts up, and then they can get a nice payout from the insurance company. Maybe, only if Bournemouth's gullible, openwide Council has not already paid for any loss!
[quote][p][bold]ljc1976[/bold] wrote: I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier![/p][/quote]I think OPENWIDE might be expecting a phantom boat to crash into the pier in the middle of the night, when their enterprise goes t.ts up, and then they can get a nice payout from the insurance company. Maybe, only if Bournemouth's gullible, openwide Council has not already paid for any loss! John T

12:51pm Sun 22 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Another community asset handed over to the private sector to enable them to profit by ripping off unsuspecting visitors. John Beesley is destroying this town by putting the profits of a few before the interests of local residents.
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S&D Leisure, Openwide International, Mouchel, Morgan Sindall all milking the taxpayer to maximise their profits.
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How does he get away with it ?. Simple he thrives on the apathy of Bournemouth people and a bunch of self serving councillors more interested in their allowances & expenses than serving the people they are elected to represent.
Another community asset handed over to the private sector to enable them to profit by ripping off unsuspecting visitors. John Beesley is destroying this town by putting the profits of a few before the interests of local residents. . S&D Leisure, Openwide International, Mouchel, Morgan Sindall all milking the taxpayer to maximise their profits. . How does he get away with it ?. Simple he thrives on the apathy of Bournemouth people and a bunch of self serving councillors more interested in their allowances & expenses than serving the people they are elected to represent. BmthNewshound

12:58pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Butterfly Collector says...

Wiil you still have to pay to go onto the pier then pay again to go onto this attraction?
Wiil you still have to pay to go onto the pier then pay again to go onto this attraction? Butterfly Collector

1:03pm Sun 22 Dec 13

West Howe Sean says...

it is quite shocking that the Council have relinquished control of so many of our assets.

Why are they not putting Local people first.

Everyone of them should hang their heads in shame. But i doubt they would even give it a second thought.

Thank you for destroying our town and its future.
it is quite shocking that the Council have relinquished control of so many of our assets. Why are they not putting Local people first. Everyone of them should hang their heads in shame. But i doubt they would even give it a second thought. Thank you for destroying our town and its future. West Howe Sean

1:34pm Sun 22 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

We have to accept that times have changed and the Pier Theatre concept was not exactly a cutting edge attraction any longer. It sounds sensible to offer something that is open all day to tourists, although it's bad/wet weather appeal at the end of an admission charging Pier is perhaps a bit questionable.

Anyway let's hope this is done nicely and we do not end up with something that mirrors the tacky bits of 'Blackpool' like fairground equipment dumped rather inappropriately on the Pier Approach in recent years. We must trust that for once the Council and their chosen agents get this one right!
We have to accept that times have changed and the Pier Theatre concept was not exactly a cutting edge attraction any longer. It sounds sensible to offer something that is open all day to tourists, although it's bad/wet weather appeal at the end of an admission charging Pier is perhaps a bit questionable. Anyway let's hope this is done nicely and we do not end up with something that mirrors the tacky bits of 'Blackpool' like fairground equipment dumped rather inappropriately on the Pier Approach in recent years. We must trust that for once the Council and their chosen agents get this one right! muscliffman

2:19pm Sun 22 Dec 13

toomuchtrouble says...

Too many people are objecting to this project. This is the way forward and it is not costing the council any money!! The theater is old and falling apart. I have been there a few times in "High Season" and only a few seats were sold. I wonder how many of the people who have commented here have been to any of the shows? Let them get on with it , a busy pier is good for the town and the owners.
Too many people are objecting to this project. This is the way forward and it is not costing the council any money!! The theater is old and falling apart. I have been there a few times in "High Season" and only a few seats were sold. I wonder how many of the people who have commented here have been to any of the shows? Let them get on with it , a busy pier is good for the town and the owners. toomuchtrouble

2:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Marcus Yardley says...

Whilst I agree that it is appalling to see our towns lovely features being pillages for private sector gain at the behest of the Council, residents must take a significant amount of responsibility for either voting for this Council or failing to vote at all. If you leave the door open you will get burgled.
Whilst I agree that it is appalling to see our towns lovely features being pillages for private sector gain at the behest of the Council, residents must take a significant amount of responsibility for either voting for this Council or failing to vote at all. If you leave the door open you will get burgled. Marcus Yardley

2:54pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
All this excitement is wearing me down, hope a top class managing director is in charge.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)[/p][/quote]All this excitement is wearing me down, hope a top class managing director is in charge. Lord Spring

3:25pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Local Christchurch Resident says...

retry69 wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
Well I'm sure the Bournemouth residents were consulted about a big part of history being destroyed, especially as Bournemouth are so interested in the arts!!! .... OH and yes, a wet weather complex should be positioned in a totally exposed area so visitors get wet getting there!! .... very exciting indeed! I'm sure the Bournemouth residents feel very responsible for something that they weren't consulted over..... the venue has been used, but not supported or advertised! ..... The councillors should be ashamed of another poor decision to grant such a irreversible travesty. ..... They so got it right with the open air theatre replacing the IMAX, so got it right encouraging the Arts earlier in the year, but this is in direct conflict of all that they have been promoting......it's a very sad day.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)[/p][/quote]Well I'm sure the Bournemouth residents were consulted about a big part of history being destroyed, especially as Bournemouth are so interested in the arts!!! .... OH and yes, a wet weather complex should be positioned in a totally exposed area so visitors get wet getting there!! .... very exciting indeed! I'm sure the Bournemouth residents feel very responsible for something that they weren't consulted over..... the venue has been used, but not supported or advertised! ..... The councillors should be ashamed of another poor decision to grant such a irreversible travesty. ..... They so got it right with the open air theatre replacing the IMAX, so got it right encouraging the Arts earlier in the year, but this is in direct conflict of all that they have been promoting......it's a very sad day. Local Christchurch Resident

3:54pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Tictock says...

Loads of indignant hot air here - face facts, it was not supported sufficiently as a theatre by the residents. No doubt it needs work done to it. The Council ahve let it slip as a result and now there is bleating about it's future. As council funding is, regardless of management in place, how long should we support this and what other service will give up funding to support it?

I hope it works, attracts lots of families that enjoy it. Better this than another nightclub/lap dance parlour etc!
Loads of indignant hot air here - face facts, it was not supported sufficiently as a theatre by the residents. No doubt it needs work done to it. The Council ahve let it slip as a result and now there is bleating about it's future. As council funding is, regardless of management in place, how long should we support this and what other service will give up funding to support it? I hope it works, attracts lots of families that enjoy it. Better this than another nightclub/lap dance parlour etc! Tictock

3:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

saynomore says...

They got rid of a perfectly good building which was bringing in rent and rates with restaurants and a state of the art (if they had given it a chance) cinema and replaced it with a useless empty space which will only be used a few months of the year and the BIC pool was closed which was a bad weather attraction,now we have another money wasting scheme by our not fit for purpose council.
They got rid of a perfectly good building which was bringing in rent and rates with restaurants and a state of the art (if they had given it a chance) cinema and replaced it with a useless empty space which will only be used a few months of the year and the BIC pool was closed which was a bad weather attraction,now we have another money wasting scheme by our not fit for purpose council. saynomore

5:13pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Wageslave says...

retry69 wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
In the summer the beach is there for free. Who is going to face the wind and rain in the winter to get there, so what is going to happen when this fails too. I agree that most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town . They have mostly come from somewhere else.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)[/p][/quote]In the summer the beach is there for free. Who is going to face the wind and rain in the winter to get there, so what is going to happen when this fails too. I agree that most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town . They have mostly come from somewhere else. Wageslave

5:42pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Bournefre says...

ljc1976 wrote:
I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier!
I don't understand it either - when the weather's bad people don't go to the beach because it's the worst place to be, it's completely exposed from one side. People flock to the beach when it's sunny because it's the best place to be, they don't just naturally gravitate there and see what's on offer.

This is one of the reasons the Imax didn't work - it's an attraction people don't want to go to when the weather's nice in a location people don't want to go to when the weather's bad. It makes a deliberate attempt to cater for the least amount of people at any one time, then when it doesn't work it must be because there was some kind of skulduggery going on behind closed doors in secret meetings between treacherous developers and dishonest councillors in back rooms involving back handers and back scratching.
[quote][p][bold]ljc1976[/bold] wrote: I don't understand the logic in placing an all-weather attraction in the last place most people would want to visit during bad weather - at the end of a pier![/p][/quote]I don't understand it either - when the weather's bad people don't go to the beach because it's the worst place to be, it's completely exposed from one side. People flock to the beach when it's sunny because it's the best place to be, they don't just naturally gravitate there and see what's on offer. This is one of the reasons the Imax didn't work - it's an attraction people don't want to go to when the weather's nice in a location people don't want to go to when the weather's bad. It makes a deliberate attempt to cater for the least amount of people at any one time, then when it doesn't work it must be because there was some kind of skulduggery going on behind closed doors in secret meetings between treacherous developers and dishonest councillors in back rooms involving back handers and back scratching. Bournefre

5:58pm Sun 22 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
All this excitement is wearing me down, hope a top class managing director is in charge.
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[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)[/p][/quote]All this excitement is wearing me down, hope a top class managing director is in charge.[/p][/quote]???????????????????? ???????????????????? ??????????????? :) retry69

6:09pm Sun 22 Dec 13

TheDistrict says...

The pier has not had a full renovation for many years. I am quite sure that my father's employ were the last to do so back in the 70s. There was a large protest at the taking of the pier, and many signed a petition that was not taken heed of, as was the IMAX. Berkeley, and his predecessor have uprooted this town for their own gains. They need to ensure that the residents get heard. Imagine a family on half term holiday in October, and Bournemouth is hit by storms we have had recently, and are becoming more frequent. The pier would be closed for H&S reasons, with a big loss to both Council and the owners.
The pier has not had a full renovation for many years. I am quite sure that my father's employ were the last to do so back in the 70s. There was a large protest at the taking of the pier, and many signed a petition that was not taken heed of, as was the IMAX. Berkeley, and his predecessor have uprooted this town for their own gains. They need to ensure that the residents get heard. Imagine a family on half term holiday in October, and Bournemouth is hit by storms we have had recently, and are becoming more frequent. The pier would be closed for H&S reasons, with a big loss to both Council and the owners. TheDistrict

6:43pm Sun 22 Dec 13

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Great opportunity here to make fishing, one of the UKs most popular outdoor activities.......an indoor activity! Fishing on Bournemouth pier could become the perfect indoor all weather attraction. All they need to do once the seating is removed is just cut a very large diameter hole in the centre of the theatre floor! Keep the restaurant and bar and fisherman will come from all over the country to take advantage of this unique attraction!
Great opportunity here to make fishing, one of the UKs most popular outdoor activities.......an indoor activity! Fishing on Bournemouth pier could become the perfect indoor all weather attraction. All they need to do once the seating is removed is just cut a very large diameter hole in the centre of the theatre floor! Keep the restaurant and bar and fisherman will come from all over the country to take advantage of this unique attraction! The-Bleeding-Obvious

6:47pm Sun 22 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
Great opportunity here to make fishing, one of the UKs most popular outdoor activities.......an indoor activity! Fishing on Bournemouth pier could become the perfect indoor all weather attraction. All they need to do once the seating is removed is just cut a very large diameter hole in the centre of the theatre floor! Keep the restaurant and bar and fisherman will come from all over the country to take advantage of this unique attraction!
The Eskimos would love it!
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: Great opportunity here to make fishing, one of the UKs most popular outdoor activities.......an indoor activity! Fishing on Bournemouth pier could become the perfect indoor all weather attraction. All they need to do once the seating is removed is just cut a very large diameter hole in the centre of the theatre floor! Keep the restaurant and bar and fisherman will come from all over the country to take advantage of this unique attraction![/p][/quote]The Eskimos would love it! jobsworthwatch

6:49pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Marcus Yardley says...

Wageslave wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!!
Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)
In the summer the beach is there for free. Who is going to face the wind and rain in the winter to get there, so what is going to happen when this fails too. I agree that most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town . They have mostly come from somewhere else.
Where is the connective rationale of the two entirely separate issues of "most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town" and "they have mostly come from somewhere else". I was not born and bred here but I love our town. Most complainants about Bournemouth seem to be lifelong locals. How many of the bums on seats in the pier theatre belong to people born in Bournemouth?
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely disgusting! Another IMAX type travesty!! The Pier Theatre is iconic and should heave been supported to remain open AS A THEATRE!! A huge opertunity has been missed, that would have allowed the community to engage and be part of something good, providing volunteering opertunities, as in other Theatres (such as the Christchurch a Regent Centre). The venue should have been turned in to a charity and supported! Bournemouth, you've failed your duty with this decision! Why not use the old skating rink!? What an bsolute disaster!![/p][/quote]Im afraid the Bournemouth residents need to accept some responsibility for the lack of interest in keeping this venue alive and kicking,sorry to see it go, but HEY forward we go with another exciting project :)[/p][/quote]In the summer the beach is there for free. Who is going to face the wind and rain in the winter to get there, so what is going to happen when this fails too. I agree that most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town . They have mostly come from somewhere else.[/p][/quote]Where is the connective rationale of the two entirely separate issues of "most people in Bournemouth don't care about the town" and "they have mostly come from somewhere else". I was not born and bred here but I love our town. Most complainants about Bournemouth seem to be lifelong locals. How many of the bums on seats in the pier theatre belong to people born in Bournemouth? Marcus Yardley

7:14pm Sun 22 Dec 13

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Piers are old fashioned, would be much better to replace it with a marina and make Bournemouth more like Lyme Regis.
Piers are old fashioned, would be much better to replace it with a marina and make Bournemouth more like Lyme Regis. The-Bleeding-Obvious

7:30pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Abc1970 says...

Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there?

It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use.

I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s.
Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there? It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use. I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s. Abc1970

8:45pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Joy Dean says...

Abc1970 wrote:
Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there?

It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use.

I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s.
I was there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour'; it was very enjoyable light entertainment. The weather was so mild that, before the show, we enjoyed sitting outside the theatre bar at a table having a drink and people watching. Whatever happens to the pier theatre, I shall always have happy memories of times spent there.
I do hope that, in the future, one will still be able to walk along the pier, it's just lovely there.
[quote][p][bold]Abc1970[/bold] wrote: Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there? It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use. I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s.[/p][/quote]I was there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour'; it was very enjoyable light entertainment. The weather was so mild that, before the show, we enjoyed sitting outside the theatre bar at a table having a drink and people watching. Whatever happens to the pier theatre, I shall always have happy memories of times spent there. I do hope that, in the future, one will still be able to walk along the pier, it's just lovely there. Joy Dean

8:58pm Sun 22 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Abc1970 wrote:
Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there?

It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use.

I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s.
So So true and it is sad that our fine town is being held back by its own residents who cannot see the harm they are doing :(
[quote][p][bold]Abc1970[/bold] wrote: Just a question... All you people moaning about the loss of the theatre, when was the last time you went and saw a show there? It's the same old story, you're not supporting it yourself, but heaven forbid it is closed and turned into something else which people might actually use. I'm a big fan of moving with the times, wind and solar farms both get my vote, and this is no different, sadly the pier theatre is a dying breed, and even if a charity run community organisation took over, it still wouldn't be used and still wouldn't draw in the crowds. It's a shame that such a large proportion of people still want bournemouth to stay in the 1950s.[/p][/quote]So So true and it is sad that our fine town is being held back by its own residents who cannot see the harm they are doing :( retry69

9:17pm Sun 22 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

What phobia of Ice Rinks has Bmth Council got? A greenhouse type with retractable roof for summer would be perfect!!
.
What phobia of Ice Rinks has Bmth Council got? A greenhouse type with retractable roof for summer would be perfect!! . HRH of Boscombe

9:18pm Sun 22 Dec 13

arthur1948 says...

Conservatives conserve nothing....history proves this.
Conservatives conserve nothing....history proves this. arthur1948

9:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

OPENWIDE......Say Argggghhhhh....
OPENWIDE......Say Argggghhhhh.... BIGTONE

10:09pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Joy Dean says...

I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou
thpiertheatre.com/
I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou thpiertheatre.com/ Joy Dean

10:29pm Sun 22 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Just noticed this and cannot resist commenting "I went there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour' '. Maybe the Pier Theatre should have been closed there and then because if that does not persuade people it's time for some urgent progressive change then nothing will!

No doubt this sort of 1950/60/70's nostalgic style summer(ish) production has an appeal to some folk but it is certainly not enough today to make financial sense of a small theatre at the end of the Pier. I am glad the commentator enjoyed the show however and no doubt the Pavilion and BIC (along with other smaller venues locally) will be more than pleased to host similar niche events in the future. But that billing especially does rather sum up (to me anyway) why it is probably high time the prime site end of our Pier moved forward to more modern ideas and attractions.
Just noticed this and cannot resist commenting "I went there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour' '. Maybe the Pier Theatre should have been closed there and then because if that does not persuade people it's time for some urgent progressive change then nothing will! No doubt this sort of 1950/60/70's nostalgic style summer(ish) production has an appeal to some folk but it is certainly not enough today to make financial sense of a small theatre at the end of the Pier. I am glad the commentator enjoyed the show however and no doubt the Pavilion and BIC (along with other smaller venues locally) will be more than pleased to host similar niche events in the future. But that billing especially does rather sum up (to me anyway) why it is probably high time the prime site end of our Pier moved forward to more modern ideas and attractions. muscliffman

11:37pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Joy Dean says...

Joy Dean wrote:
I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou

thpiertheatre.com/
http://www.bournemou
thpiertheatre.com/pr
ess-area/
2nd March 2014 at the Pier Theatre Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert starring: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Candi Staton, Percy Sledge, Sheila Ferguson, Jody Watley, Gwen Dickey, Cece Penist...on, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony, hosted by David Gest.
[quote][p][bold]Joy Dean[/bold] wrote: I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou thpiertheatre.com/[/p][/quote]http://www.bournemou thpiertheatre.com/pr ess-area/ 2nd March 2014 at the Pier Theatre Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert starring: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Candi Staton, Percy Sledge, Sheila Ferguson, Jody Watley, Gwen Dickey, Cece Penist...on, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony, hosted by David Gest. Joy Dean

11:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Joy Dean wrote:
Joy Dean wrote:
I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou


thpiertheatre.com/
http://www.bournemou

thpiertheatre.com/pr

ess-area/
2nd March 2014 at the Pier Theatre Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert starring: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Candi Staton, Percy Sledge, Sheila Ferguson, Jody Watley, Gwen Dickey, Cece Penist...on, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony, hosted by David Gest.
Sorry but I rest my case - all of these are somewhere between 'very limited niche appeal and 'who?'.
[quote][p][bold]Joy Dean[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joy Dean[/bold] wrote: I had been thinking of buying tickets for Legends Of Soul Live In Concert 2nd March 2014 http://www.bournemou thpiertheatre.com/[/p][/quote]http://www.bournemou thpiertheatre.com/pr ess-area/ 2nd March 2014 at the Pier Theatre Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert starring: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Candi Staton, Percy Sledge, Sheila Ferguson, Jody Watley, Gwen Dickey, Cece Penist...on, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony, hosted by David Gest.[/p][/quote]Sorry but I rest my case - all of these are somewhere between 'very limited niche appeal and 'who?'. muscliffman

12:41am Mon 23 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth.

What next - St Peter's Church a flop house?

Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.
Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth. What next - St Peter's Church a flop house? Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre. Yankee1

7:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

Glashen says...

Yankee1 wrote:
Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth.

What next - St Peter's Church a flop house?

Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.
Exactly it's pier and theatre; one theatre Bournemouth at present has 7 major auditoriums and many smaller ones not counting the cinema's. Much of the complaining on here is nostalgia, fair enough in its way but we have to be realistic. If Openwide believe they can make the Pier financially viable it is surely worth giving them the chance, or do the Taxpayers of Bournemouth have deep pockets that they can subsidize the theatre from.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth. What next - St Peter's Church a flop house? Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.[/p][/quote]Exactly it's pier and theatre; one theatre Bournemouth at present has 7 major auditoriums and many smaller ones not counting the cinema's. Much of the complaining on here is nostalgia, fair enough in its way but we have to be realistic. If Openwide believe they can make the Pier financially viable it is surely worth giving them the chance, or do the Taxpayers of Bournemouth have deep pockets that they can subsidize the theatre from. Glashen

7:49am Mon 23 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

Yankee1 wrote:
Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth.

What next - St Peter's Church a flop house?

Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.
Cromer Pier you can get a lovely view of the Wind Farm from it
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth. What next - St Peter's Church a flop house? Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.[/p][/quote]Cromer Pier you can get a lovely view of the Wind Farm from it Lord Spring

8:31am Mon 23 Dec 13

Joy Dean says...

muscliffman wrote:
Just noticed this and cannot resist commenting "I went there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour' '. Maybe the Pier Theatre should have been closed there and then because if that does not persuade people it's time for some urgent progressive change then nothing will!

No doubt this sort of 1950/60/70's nostalgic style summer(ish) production has an appeal to some folk but it is certainly not enough today to make financial sense of a small theatre at the end of the Pier. I am glad the commentator enjoyed the show however and no doubt the Pavilion and BIC (along with other smaller venues locally) will be more than pleased to host similar niche events in the future. But that billing especially does rather sum up (to me anyway) why it is probably high time the prime site end of our Pier moved forward to more modern ideas and attractions.
I was answering the question "when was the last time you went and saw a show there?".
The theatre looked just over half full, which I thought wasn't bad for that time of year and there were a lot of young people there including several children.
Also, I forgot to add to my post about the 2nd March 2014 Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert that I hope the work is not going on at that time. :-)
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Just noticed this and cannot resist commenting "I went there towards the end of September, to see Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's 'First Farewell Tour' '. Maybe the Pier Theatre should have been closed there and then because if that does not persuade people it's time for some urgent progressive change then nothing will! No doubt this sort of 1950/60/70's nostalgic style summer(ish) production has an appeal to some folk but it is certainly not enough today to make financial sense of a small theatre at the end of the Pier. I am glad the commentator enjoyed the show however and no doubt the Pavilion and BIC (along with other smaller venues locally) will be more than pleased to host similar niche events in the future. But that billing especially does rather sum up (to me anyway) why it is probably high time the prime site end of our Pier moved forward to more modern ideas and attractions.[/p][/quote]I was answering the question "when was the last time you went and saw a show there?". The theatre looked just over half full, which I thought wasn't bad for that time of year and there were a lot of young people there including several children. Also, I forgot to add to my post about the 2nd March 2014 Bournemouth: Legends Of Soul Live In Concert that I hope the work is not going on at that time. :-) Joy Dean

9:02am Mon 23 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money.
Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money. jobsworthwatch

10:06am Mon 23 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money.
Who is going to dig the trench to the end of the pier to take this new cable, that would attract a crowd of watchers,
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money.[/p][/quote]Who is going to dig the trench to the end of the pier to take this new cable, that would attract a crowd of watchers, Lord Spring

10:16am Mon 23 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

Lord Spring wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money.
Who is going to dig the trench to the end of the pier to take this new cable, that would attract a crowd of watchers,
The article is implying that the cables are already there so why not use them to take power out rather than bring power in? I suppose there is the risk that it might not work because there is that other well known project that failed miserably because it was entirely dependent on the waves that lash this part of coast!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Now that there are new power cables going out to the end of the pier why not install float driven generators to take advantage of wave power. Probably the only way for the pier to make money.[/p][/quote]Who is going to dig the trench to the end of the pier to take this new cable, that would attract a crowd of watchers,[/p][/quote]The article is implying that the cables are already there so why not use them to take power out rather than bring power in? I suppose there is the risk that it might not work because there is that other well known project that failed miserably because it was entirely dependent on the waves that lash this part of coast! jobsworthwatch

10:46am Mon 23 Dec 13

BarrHumbug says...

Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that.

Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!!
Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that. Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!! BarrHumbug

10:54am Mon 23 Dec 13

retry69 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that.

Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!!
I like that comment "not a lot" :)
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that. Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!![/p][/quote]I like that comment "not a lot" :) retry69

12:46pm Mon 23 Dec 13

BarrHumbug says...

retry69 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that.

Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!!
I like that comment "not a lot" :)
I bet most of the audience only went to see the lovely Debbie McGee :)
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that. Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!![/p][/quote]I like that comment "not a lot" :)[/p][/quote]I bet most of the audience only went to see the lovely Debbie McGee :) BarrHumbug

1:29pm Mon 23 Dec 13

retry69 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
retry69 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that.

Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!!
I like that comment "not a lot" :)
I bet most of the audience only went to see the lovely Debbie McGee :)
No accounting for taste,mind you the last show I saw there this year was Colin Fry,(the gay rev.) what does that say about me :)
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Its no surprise it has come to this, the theatre was built in the 60's and never moved on from that carry on era, showing out dated acts and performances like "no sex please, we're British" and the likes of Roy Chubby Brown into the 90's and 00's when we had all moved on from that. Had they moved with the times they could well have carried on, look at the Tivoli in Wimborne, closed for most of the 80's it was saved and brought back and now hosts some great tv comedians to sell out audiences. Theres no greater contrast when you compare that to a half empty theatre watching Paul Daniels FIRST (and last hopefully) farewell tour!!!!!![/p][/quote]I like that comment "not a lot" :)[/p][/quote]I bet most of the audience only went to see the lovely Debbie McGee :)[/p][/quote]No accounting for taste,mind you the last show I saw there this year was Colin Fry,(the gay rev.) what does that say about me :) retry69

3:32pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Pants88 says...

I love the look of the theatre and how so many people have memories of it but the sad fact remains it is just not used enough, the caliber of acts is dreadful and it has needed cleaning up for years.

I look forward to something new coming along, hopefully it won't be a disaster!
I love the look of the theatre and how so many people have memories of it but the sad fact remains it is just not used enough, the caliber of acts is dreadful and it has needed cleaning up for years. I look forward to something new coming along, hopefully it won't be a disaster! Pants88

3:53pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Gastines3 says...

It will be interesting to see how many visitors make the treck down to the pier from their car,if they can find a space,if it's raining? When the sun is shining surely visitors will be on the beach? I'd have liked to have seen the proposed business plan for this project and expected earnings.
It will be interesting to see how many visitors make the treck down to the pier from their car,if they can find a space,if it's raining? When the sun is shining surely visitors will be on the beach? I'd have liked to have seen the proposed business plan for this project and expected earnings. Gastines3

4:05pm Mon 23 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Pants88 wrote:
I love the look of the theatre and how so many people have memories of it but the sad fact remains it is just not used enough, the caliber of acts is dreadful and it has needed cleaning up for years.

I look forward to something new coming along, hopefully it won't be a disaster!
Yes Paul Daniels,Debbie McGee and the Rev Colin Fry on a standing surf wave fantastic :)
[quote][p][bold]Pants88[/bold] wrote: I love the look of the theatre and how so many people have memories of it but the sad fact remains it is just not used enough, the caliber of acts is dreadful and it has needed cleaning up for years. I look forward to something new coming along, hopefully it won't be a disaster![/p][/quote]Yes Paul Daniels,Debbie McGee and the Rev Colin Fry on a standing surf wave fantastic :) retry69

10:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Yankee1 wrote:
Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth.

What next - St Peter's Church a flop house?

Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.
Cromer Pier you can get a lovely view of the Wind Farm from it
I should not worry. Navatus will provide that view from Bournemouth........i
n spades.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Like the Winter Gardens, this will become another lost part of Bournemouth. What next - St Peter's Church a flop house? Oh, well, Cromer learned how to maintain its pier and theatre.[/p][/quote]Cromer Pier you can get a lovely view of the Wind Farm from it[/p][/quote]I should not worry. Navatus will provide that view from Bournemouth........i n spades. Yankee1

3:48am Tue 24 Dec 13

grumpy om says...

another sad day in the slow destruction of this traditional english holiday town by a succession if weak councellors.
another sad day in the slow destruction of this traditional english holiday town by a succession if weak councellors. grumpy om

6:13pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

High Treason wrote:
Another loss making idea. Look them up, hardly a good record, and I bet council (our) money gets wasted. Visitors to Bournemouth are not wanting to take a trek to the pier when it is wet and windy.

Openwide International Group
3 Pier Approach
Bournemouth
BH2 5AA
United Kingdom
Seems like the council should use check a trade!
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Another loss making idea. Look them up, hardly a good record, and I bet council (our) money gets wasted. Visitors to Bournemouth are not wanting to take a trek to the pier when it is wet and windy. Openwide International Group 3 Pier Approach Bournemouth BH2 5AA United Kingdom[/p][/quote]Seems like the council should use check a trade! mikeymagic

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