Crystal Palace Park Theatre and Cinema

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Crystal Palace Park Theatre and Cinema

Crystal Palace Park Theatre and Cinema

Crystal Palace Park Theatre By Crystal Palace Park Theatre

Crystal Palace Park Theatre is a new open air theatre running a trial season for two months in June 2019 as part of the area's regeneration programme with a proposed permanent venue tender planned.

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The Great Exhibition of 1851 ("a palace of very crystal") in Hyde Park was moved to the Crystal Palace site in 1854, it was designed to impress, educate, entertain and inspire, and became an international attraction - that is exactly what our venue will do. CPPT will run this trial season in June 2019 for two months for residents of Crystal Palace and South London - an alternative to commercial West End/South Bank theatre productions, we will offer theatre, cinema and art gallery space. The park will become a ‘National and International tourist destination’ for the arts. With an amazing team including leaders in every arts sector and in consultation with Artistic Director David Fry. We are local individuals (not developers or corporations) who have each worked in the arts for up to 20 years. We want this to be this to be the communities venue and by supporting this trial season we hope in the long term to provide a permanent cultural centre for Crystal Palace.

What we'll deliver:

  • build an 1000 temporary open air theatre, cinema, rehearsal room and art gallery
  • provide rehearsal space for local community groups to use - schools, dance clubs, gym clubs, acting clubs
  • give a restoration levvy per ticket sold to the regeneration of the Italian terraces
  • provide a wide programme of entertainment including cinema to suit the diverse local community
  • Create a home for a newly formed Open Air Theatre Consortium to include The Annual Open Air Theatre Awards
  • provide a venue to showcase new and emerging local and national artists in all mediums via pre-performance trailers
  • promote, maintain, improve and advance education in artistic taste and appreciation

Why it's a great idea:

CPPT will run a trial season as a pre-cursor to a permanent cultural venue - this will enable the CPPT team to work together with the community to make this work for South Londoners. We hope to bring West End calibre shows and touring productions both national and International to South London over the month. With incredible views as the backdrop, CPPT will also act as an open air cinema. We will have a huge outreach programme to enable charitable groups to use the space. We will also include Q&A sessions in our programming enabling local residents to meet high profile leads of their fields and find out more about their motivations. We will have community ballot of free tickets for local residents. We are already partnering with local choir, gym, school, acting groups as we want this to be the local's stage but with a bit of west end glamour too. The total cost of the trial season will be £1 million but we will be able to reuse the venue for years to come.

Steps to get it done:

  • to enable the wider fund raising to begin by employing a professional fund raiser
  • to enable the key personnel in the team to create the trial season - namely the CEO, the Artistic Director, PR/Marketing
  • To set up the charity and the legal statute of the organisation
  • To enable the architects to run a feasibility report and move forward with the community meeting

We are committed to using and promoting local business to build and support the project with a large hospitality area that will feature local pop ups so residents can just come and eat and drink in one of the most spectacular positions in London. We will be working closely with GLA, Bromley Council and the surrounding 4 other councils to make sure this really is the people's theatre playing shows the local residents want to see at a cost that everyone can afford. We will also be the founder and home to the Open Air Theatre Consortium - this has already attracted nationwide open air theatres who will work together to create a stronger image for Open Air Theatres internationally, work to optimise web presence, create open air tour and start an Open Air Theatre Awards Scheme. We will also build a new app for ticketing, translation to productions, hearing and visual impaired tool, interaction during the shows like uploading images and reviews to social media in real time.


Location Bromley

Bromley has 99 other projects and £895,000 in potential grant funding

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London Borough of Bromley

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How will the money be spent?Total £56,217

feasibility including drawings - £20,000 (36%)
Project Management - £12,000 (21%)
Fundraising - £10,000 (18%)
Administration - £4,800 (9%)
Accounting and Legal - £4,000 (7%)
Other - £5,417 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

feasibility including drawings
Project Management
Accounting and Legal
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £56,217

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