STREATHAM HILL THEATRE
Streatham Hill Theatre (SHT) was opened in 1929 as the Streatham Hill Playhouse. It was bombed in WW2 but was rebuilt and reopened in 1950. It closed to theatre in 1962, becoming a bingo hall. Much of the original theatre and its equipment remain.
The theatre was granted a Grade 2 listing in 1994 as “an unusually lavish example of a theatre built in the short-lived revival of building in 1929-30; as a suburban example of this date the building may be unique”.
In 2018 the theatre was added to the Theatres Trust's Theatres at Risk register. In 2018, Lambeth Council approved the nomination of Streatham Hill Theatre as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), confirmed in early 2019 after a review requested by the owners. This gives the community a chance to acquire the property should the owners want to sell.
Poroban is lead Architect for The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre group, who would like to see the theatre returned to arts, culture and performance use to further the social well-being and social interest of the community. The group recently organised a flash mob to promote the campaign to save the theatre, and is now working on a feasibility study to develop options for the design and future use of the building.