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Former Granada TV site in Quay Street to become new theatre

(December 2014)

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deejay Oxford
according to the BBC website, the Quay Street site is to become a new £78m theatre and arts complex.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30314737

Quite interesting as I'd read somewhere that there had been some use as four-wall space post closure by ITV and there was some hope that it might have been preserved as a studio centre of some sort. Clearly not!
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IndigoTucker
Can Manchester sustain another large theatre, along side the Palace and the Opera House? Especially with the Lowry just down in Salford, the old MEN arena, with the smaller Home and the Royal Exchange in the centre.
If Manchester were to host LONG sit-down productions from London, like Les Mis and Phantom did in the 90s, and long visits from the Royal Opera House/ENO/Royal Ballet, it might be filled, but is there a need?
The Manchester Festival is only every two years, and benefits from productions in varied locations... A large barn in Quay Street might not be idea.
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amosc100 Granada North West Today
Of course it can take another theatre - btw you forgot to mention Bolton's acclaimed Octagon Theatre!!!! Bolton alone has 3 theatre's (Octagon, Little and Albert Halls as well as Farnworth Little) - so yes us in the north west are very arty and do appreciate theatres just as much as what Southerners do!
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IndigoTucker
Theatre is a difficult sell to certain demographics though, tickets are not cheap! Its not a small venue either - its a full 2500/5000 seater! I can see a LOT of Arts Council funding being ploughed in - when other venues are having theirs cut. There was a lot of debate, and criticism, a few years ago at having the Royal Opera House planning to take over the Palace permanently - perhaps this has developed from that plan.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Wouldn't get too excited - that article is full of the phrase "George Osbourne promised" which basically translates as "It'll never happen!"

Would be great though for the site to continue to be used in an entertainment capacity.
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amosc100 Granada North West Today
Theatre is a difficult sell to certain demographics though, tickets are not cheap! Its not a small venue either - its a full 2500/5000 seater! I can see a LOT of Arts Council funding being ploughed in - when other venues are having theirs cut. There was a lot of debate, and criticism, a few years ago at having the Royal Opera House planning to take over the Palace permanently - perhaps this has developed from that plan.



But since Granada moved out it has basically been a centre of art-house productions as well as the ITV World Cup park and other arty events and The Manchester Exhibition could become an annual event, which is needed. Plus ticket prices do not have t be expensive - although if Ticketmaster are involved they would be astronomical!

Lets not forget that the North West is a very rich ground for acclaimed actors and actresses who have tread the boards in the North and would to do so even more and this will help!
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I noticed that the Miliband press conference to launch the Labour manifesto took place in one of the studios at Quay Street.

It's hard to tell from the website - http://oldgranadastudios.com/venue-spaces/studio-space/ - are the studios still equipped or would whoever was providing the pool feed have had to do it with an OB truck? Were they ever upgraded to HD?
Write that down in your copybook now.
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deejay Oxford
I think they're being hired out as four-wallers, much like Studio A at BBC Manchester was by 3sixtyMedia.

This photo also gives the impression that there are no lamps remaining from the monopoles, so I imagine if you're expecting a saturated grid you'd be disappointed if you hired it...

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