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SALFORD GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE GOES UP FOR AUCTION
 

Star date: 20th August 2018  

LOWER BROUGHTON'S VICTORIA THEATRE GOES ON THE MARKET

Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre has been put up for auction by its current owner, with a guide price of ?350,000.

The theatre is at the centre of a campaign to save it for community use, with a further meeting this Sunday afternoon at St Boniface's Social Club.

Full details here...


Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre has been put up for auction with a guide price of '?350,000 plus'. The auction will take place on 6th September, and campaigners from the Salford Victoria Theatre Trust are hoping that whoever buys it will be sympathetic to the aims of restoring it for community use.

Auctioneers, Pugh, describe the theatre as a "Freehold corner located dilapidated former Victoria Bingo Hall premises on a site of approximately 0.1 hectares...located in a prominent position at the junction of Great Clowes Street (A5066) and Elton Street. Salford University Campus is in the nearby vicinity and Manchester city centre is around 1 mile away..."

While this might have potential developers foaming at the mouth with cash tills ringing in their eyes, Pugh fails to mention that the building is Grade II listed and can't be bulldozed. The original price being asked by the current owner was ?275,000 which was believed to have dropped to around ?175,000 but has suddenly increased to ?350,000...

Meanwhile, this Sunday 26th August at 1:30pm there's a public meeting at St Boniface's Social Club to try and get more people from the community involved in the campaign for the theatre's restoration and future community use.*

Whoever is interested in buying the property should be aware of the campaign and its listed status, which might drop the price and allow the community or Salford City Council the chance to purchase it...

More updates will be provided at this Sunday's meeting....


* Salford Victoria Theatre Trust Public Meeting
Sunday 26th August 1:30pm
St Boniface's Social Club
Lower Broughton Road M7 2JX

For further details see the Save The Victoria Theatre Salford Facebook group - click here

For more details about the auction see the Pugh website ? click here

For more background see the previous Salford Star article on Victoria Theatre ? click here

edith challender wrote
at 05:46:18 on 21 August 2018
i hope someone buys it with a view to restoring it to the theatre it once was i am sure lots of people would make a donation to help

Jon Grieves wrote
at 05:45:46 on 21 August 2018
Well I really hope they can find a kind person or raise the Money themselves in a co-operative way between local businesses who may benefit from the Rewards a Community Development would bring. Have a look at the success of the Stockport PLAZA, it is always putting on Major acts , Shows, Comedians, Cinema, Theatre, Live Events, and so much more...? It brings in thousands of new people to Stockport who will bring in several Thousands of Pounds to the Economy. DONT let it end up like our Beloved Crown Theatre in ECCLES. The Developer bought it and is allowing it to become an eye sore, turning the People of Eccles against the Grand Grade II Victorian Theatre stood Proud for 118 years. Served its Town well while its doors were open to the public. As the Chair of Save the Crown Theatre Eccles I am disappointed in the support from local councillors (some more than others) and council officers who seem more intent on Building Accommodation, Regardless of what the community wanted!! Once elected!! No Social Housing in the Developers planned development and removal of the Grade II Listing Then Full Demolishing of the Building. Everything RAISED TO THE GROUND, Our Salford Heritage ERAZED from our TOWN CENTRE GATEWAY from a BOLTON Developer! This is a long campaign, WE Wish you well with saving your Heritage, ACT NOW.

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