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Scarborough Futurist theatre demolition begins

The futurist being demolished
Image caption Campaigners tried to prevent the demolition but it was approved by councillors last year

The demolition of a seafront theatre in Scarborough has begun following a long fight by campaigners to save it.

The Futurist opened in 1921 and hosted many artists - including famously The Beatles in 1963 - but closed in 2014.

Scarborough Borough Council planners decided last year to demolish the building at a cost of £4m.

Campaigners had hoped to run it as a charitable trust but the council said it was not sustainable as a theatrical venue.

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A number of objections to the plans were made from the Theatre Trust, The Cinema Theatre Association, SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society, who said the building was a surviving example of the "super cinemas" built after World War One.

The Futurist was originally built as a cinema but the stage was extended in the late 1950s to enable it to host live performances.

Image caption Cladding on the front of the building was removed in April
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Image caption Built as a cinema, the Futurist was extended in the late 1950s to host live music

The site is earmarked to become the home of a new attraction from Flamingo Land - a theme park in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Cladding on the front of the building was removed in April and work has finally begun on knocking parts of it down.

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