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Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

Funded on Spacehive 13 May 2020 Delivered 21 April 2021

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Save Streatham Hill Theatre: Phase 1

The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre By The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre

Help us to carry out a viability study on reviving the former theatre as a multi-purpose arts/cultural venue, creating new opportunities and benefits for the local community.

Lambeth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 13 May 2020!

Streatham Hill Theatre is a dormant 2,800 capacity, Grade II listed building. We want to reawaken this iconic building, return it to its former glory, and create new opportunities for the local community. The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre propose a multi-use arts and cultural venue by re-opening the auditorium and activating the ancillary spaces to create a vibrant and sustainable arts venue supporting a creative community. This project will fund a professional viability study developing proposals and options for a sustainable business model for generations to come. It will include modelling of revenue, capital restoration, and reopening costs. It will also work with the heritage of the building which has Asset of Community Value status. Should we not reach our target funding by the closure date then this Spacehive will be closed and no pledges collected. However, you can still donate directly via our website. Any over-funding will be applied to other parts of our campaign.

What we'll deliver:

  • The crowd will be funding the viability report which would be carried out by an independent professional consultant.
  • A compelling case for the building as a multi-purpose venue in order to pitch to prospective partners/funders.

Why it's a great idea:

The building is a ‘sleeping beauty’ listed by The Theatres Trust as one of the theatre buildings in the UK at greatest risk. Reawakening it for the benefit of the community will provide for better and new experiences in the area. It will provide a space for culture, enterprise and growth in Streatham, challenging perceptions and attracting new investment to the area - adapting to rapidly changing trends in the experiences people seek and ways businesses and artists operate. Our vision is to meet these demands by creating the place to go for a great arts/cultural/entertainment experience, combined with a much-needed co-working space for new/small businesses and artists. We have support from local people and organisations, our local council, and national arts and heritage bodies. We have set up an architectural advisory panel of professionals to provide help and support us. The venue could be run by a commercial operator, a charitable organisation or a partnership between both.

Steps to get it done:

  • Appointing a consultant to carry out a viability study of potential future building uses
  • Viability study instigation - schedule and terms agreed. Key contact data and documents shared appropriately
  • Initial desk research - Previous reports and other work considered
  • Options analysis - Consider option contexts of performance, education, social/community, commercial & other uses
  • Options analysis - Model: revenue and reopening costs; capital restoration costs; and potential capital funding sources
  • Market analysis - Evaluate current local and regional competitive position and complete demographic catchment analyses
  • Market analysis - Consult with local authority, businesses and stakeholders: meetings, workshop and one-to-one meetings
  • Final report - Providing full recommendations, including governance, management, potential funding for preferred options

The Theatre opened on 20th November 1929 and recently celebrated its 90th birthday. It is now waiting for a new generation of arts and culture lovers to take it forward to its centenary and beyond. The national 'Theatres At Risk' register states it is "one of the best-equipped in London outside the West End" and "one of London’s most lavish ‘sleeping beauties’ and the last theatre designed by W G R Sprague, the architect responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London." A galaxy of stars of yester-year who have performed there including Paul Robeson, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir Michael Caine and Dame June Whitfield. The theatre closed on 9th June 1962 reopening as a bingo venue. The bingo closed in 2017 leaving most of the building disused (apart from a 24/7 slot machine lounge), but the stage, auditorium and much of the equipment remain preserved. More information about our project is at where you can join, support and help our campaign.

Location Lambeth

About the space

Streatham Hill Theatre


London Borough of Lambeth

How will the money be spent?Total £34,697

Final Report Preparation and Completion - £11,184 (32%)
Options Analysis Work - £8,424 (24%)
Market Analysis Work - £6,540 (19%)
Contingency - £2,423 (7%)
Initial Desk Research - £1,560 (4%)
Project Instigation - £1,500 (4%)
Project Admin - £1,080 (3%)
Other - £1,986 (6%)

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.

Final Report Preparation and Completion
Options Analysis Work
Market Analysis Work
Initial Desk Research
Project Instigation
Project Admin
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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:

  • - support further campaigning; e.g. holding public events and paying for publicity material.
  • - contribute to subsequent programme phases.

Total £34,697

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Help with distributing flyers and posters please. Please email us at [email protected] with your contact details, availability and potential areas. Thanks
  • We need to reprint flyers and posters. Can you help print them for free or at cost please - maybe you're a print business or have in-house print service? Or would you be willing to sponsor their cost? We can include your sponsorship on the print.

Want to help?

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I am a registered architect currently working in an international firm in Covent Garden. I am happy to offer my free time to help this amazing project forward. I can help visualizing ideas and developing brief in a viability stage.
Priti Dorn offered
Hello, i am Priti and i am a local resident, often passing by this building. I am an Art Director and designer by profession and also a chef on the side. Currently i also am on the board of Trustees with The Woodfield Project in Tooting common. I also run their community cafe and volunteer for their social media. We have done brilliantly with our cafe and it's offerings. You can view the project on or visit our Instagram handle @thewoodfieldpavilion. I could offer my designing and marketing skills as well as cooking skills to your project. It would be wonderful to be a part of such a project and see it come to life. I will look forward to hearing from you. Best - Priti
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