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Revitalising Victoria

Funded on Spacehive 15 June 2021 Delivered 31 October 2022

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Revitalising Victoria

Revitalising Victoria

The Victoria Institute Arundel By The Victoria Institute Arundel

We have an old Billiard Hall built in 1901 at the back of our Institute. We want to turn it into a multi-functioning space - theatre, cinema and community hall.

Arundel Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 15 Jun 2021!

An old Billiard Hall in Arundel that has been used in a variety of ways since it was purpose built in 1901needs to be moved into the 22nd Century. Quite early on the billiard tables were moved out and for many years it operated as a dance and disco space with a popular bar. However revenues declined and basic services started to break down. A Members Club which ran the space was forced to shut down. Eventually a small theatre group - Drip Action Theatre - took over the space and transformed the disco hall into a small 40 seater theatre. The group is very successful but can only support 3 or 4 productions a year. Equipment is old and makeshift, the seating is ancient. The vision is to upgrade the theatre space whilst at the same time build in flexibility so a whole variety of activities can take place. We also want to make the space as COVID safe as possible which involves reorganising the outside spaces next to the Hall

What we'll deliver:

  • A modern fully operational small theatre space
  • A completely redesigned space that can also support cinema projection
  • A flexible space for community activities

Why it's a great idea:

Upgrading the space will significantly improve what the town can produce culturally. Not only will the resident theatre group have a better home, modern equipment will attract other theatre groups in to perform. Being able to switch easily into cinema projection will produce a 50 seater able to show both blockbuster and more niche art cinema productions During the day the space will transform into a light and airy space ideal for dance, exercise and other community activities

Steps to get it done:

  • Replacing all the windows and uncovering a hidden mansard ceiling
  • Creating the theatre space with new curtains and equipment
  • Reorganising the seating

The enhanced space will help transform and old and much loved Institute in the centre of town into a vibrant cultural centre not only able to stage local productions but also able to offer the latest films and streamed productions. The space would also brilliantly support creative classes for the 2 primary schools in the town and a series of masterclasses for adults

Location Arundel

About the space

Custom Location


West Sussex County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £54,424

Repair & Conservation: Windows and Outside Spaces - £21,876 (40%)
Equipment: Seating - £17,994 (33%)
Equipment: Tracks & Drapes - £8,370 (15%)
Materials: Redecoration - £5,000 (9%)
Other - £1,184 (2%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Repair & Conservation: Windows and Outside Spaces
Equipment: Seating
Equipment: Tracks & Drapes
Materials: Redecoration
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Install a cinema screen
  • Install sound system
  • Upgrade lighting

Total £54,424

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