The 120-year-old Brighton Hippodrome, closed since 2006 and on the Theatre Trust’s Theatre Buildings At Risk register for the last four years, was bought this week by an investor and property developer with plans to turn it into a boutique 5 star 70-bed hotel, 25 serviced apartments and a concert, conference and banqueting venue.

Concerns have been raised by those campaigning to restore the building as a theatre, around the possible loss of its fly tower, which allows the lifting and dropping large pieces of scenery into place. The new owner says his business had “no site plans” for the property.

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