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Stockton's Globe Theatre set for revamp

Stage of Stockton's Globe Theatre
Many of The Globe's original features will be retained, say developers

A rundown Teesside music venue - famed for hosting The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly - is in line for a multi-million pound revamp.

Stockton's Globe Theatre opened in 1917 as a cinema and because of its 2,370 seating capacity later attracted major music stars.

But the venue closed in 1993 after being used as a bingo hall since 1977.

Stockton Council has approved plans to redevelop the site and retain many of the building's art-deco features.

Teesside-based developers Jomast plan to re-launch The Globe as one of the largest live entertainment and performance venues in the North East.

'Our vision'

Plans include extending the venue to allow for the upgrade and installation of new seating, bar, catering and washroom facilities and converting an adjacent vacant property into a bar and bistro.

The internal layout of the High Street venue will be largely unchanged in order to retain the existing space and architectural features.

Jomast managing director, Stuart Monk, said: "There is a substantial amount of work to be done in order to finalise and deliver our vision for The Globe and we are now working closely with key partner agencies in order to start moving this project forward."

Richard Poundford, Stockton Council's head of regeneration and economic development, added: "The proposals will be good news for Stockton as the former glory and success of The Globe has been of interest to many people for a number of years.

"It will integrate well with the live music scene already happening at a variety of levels at venues in Stockton and Middlesbrough.

"It has a major presence and visibility as a landmark and forms a key part of our development plans."

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