Hyde Theatre Royal up for auction

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Campaigners Theatre Royal Onward (TRO) have been fighting to preserve and re-open the beautiful Grade 2 listed building for more than 10 years.

It was a cinema from 1972 to 1992 and then closed. Bids are expected to begin at £250,000 at the auction conducted by Roger Hannah Auctioneers at Lanchashire Cricket Club on wednesday December 11th.

Stuart Green of (TRO) said "we hope that the new owner will share our vision of a multi-use future for the theatre. It would help revitalise Hyde and benefit local businesses and the Hyde community. The Theatre Royal Onwards saved the building from demolition in 2000 when it became a listed building.the building is largely intact as when it was built in 1902. Hopefully the building will be used as a multi use venue for people in Tameside and follow the example of other old theatres throughout the country such as The Hackney Empire and The Leeds City Variety Theatre.

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