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Skegness theatre gets green light for ‘culture house’ expansion

It would be one of the first in the UK

Skegness theatre is to become a Scandanavian-style ‘culture house’ to enrich the town.

The Embassy Theatre will offer wider cultural activities to promote a sense of community.

The newly-approved plans will also create a two-storey extension which will act as an alternate entrance from the car park, and the theatre will be refurbished.

There will be a café/bar on the ground floor and new mezzanine floor for activities.

“It is envisaged that the Scandinavian Culture House concept will be so much more than a landmark facility showcasing Skegness,” the planning application states.

“The building will provide an inclusive civic, cultural and community feel; actively promoting the integration of creativity, performance art, music and learning, stimulating improved health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

“This place will serve to further encourage local pride, destigmatise everyday access to important social welfare benefits and firmly belong to the community.”

It would be one of the first culture houses in the UK, according to the plans by the Magna Vitae Trust.

Artists’ impressions of the new theatre entrance | Photo: Magna Vitae Trust

They add that Skegness has some of the lowest levels of culture engagement in the country, making the development particularly relevant.

It envisions the Embassy Theatre as a place where for children and young people can meet and do their homework, and creative people can act as a catalyst for business.

Four new full-time jobs will be created over the next two years as a result of the expansion.

The plans were supported by Skegness Town Council and the Theatre Trust.

East Lindsey District Council has now granted full planning permission for them.

The theatre building is a long-standing Skegness landmark, and originally opened as a ballroom and restaurant in 1926.