In 2012, the Globe Stockton Foundation submitted a round one bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Enterprise scheme for £3.9M to help restore the Grade II Art Deco building to its former glory.
The HLF Heritage Enterprise scheme was a new programme, designed to work with the private sector to bridge the funding gap that prevents a historic asset in need of repair from being returned in to a beneficial and commercial use.
The funding programme is assessed in two rounds. The first-round saw the release of £401,600 from HLF to help fund the development of the project e.g. design, costing, survey work etc. Detailed proposals will then be prepared and submitted to HLF at the second-round funding application.
Unfortunately, the second-round application submission has been delayed as there have been a number of areas under discussion to get this complex project off the ground. This is not uncommon for a project of this size and nature.
All parties including the HLF, Stockton Borough Council and building owners, Jomast, remain committed to the scheme and work is now under way on a second-round application which, if successful, would see the remaining £3.5 million released by HLF so that the physical works can begin on site.
It is the intention of the Foundation to lease the building to a commercial operator who will run it as a live music and comedy venue.
The original Globe Theatre was built in 1913 and was Teesside’s first purpose-built cinema. Demolished in 1925, it was first rebuilt in 1926, when it showed the area’s first ‘talkies’. It was rebuilt again, still on the same site, in 1935 designed as a leading variety theatre but also including cinema facilities and seating 2,372 people. The Globe regularly hosted stage shows with national companies.
In 1938, it became an ABC cinema but live performances continued including an annual pantomime, ballet and West End shows.
In 1997 the Globe closed and remains so whilst ambitious plans for its redevelopment are underway.
In April 2013 the building was carefully ‘wrapped’ to protect it as the final stages of a bid to the Heritage Enterprise Fund were put together to bring about a new beginning for this iconic building.
In 2015 a brand new art installation, known as STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton, which is designed to pay tribute to the galaxy of famous starts who have performed at The Globe over the years, was installed outside the Globe. The artwork features colourful LED light strips installed in the paving, as well as 15 spotlights, each etched with a portrait of one of the Globe’s past performers, including Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Ike & Tina Turner, The Blue Caps, Morcambe & Wise and Norman Wisdom.
In addition to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Globe has hosted stars such as Cliff Richard, The Shadows and Lonnie Donergan, who made their acting debuts here in pantomime.
The Beatles famously played at the Globe on Friday 22 November 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated and, as late as the 1970s, bands such as Mud, Showaddywaddy and The Bay City Rollers played here.
Cliff Richard and the Shadows composed their ‘Stars Fell on Stockton’ (B-side to ‘Wonderful Land’) here and much of the music for the Cliff Richard movie ‘Summer Holiday’ whilst taking part in pantomime at The Globe. As a youngster, Shadows band member Bruce Welch used to help on his grandmother’s Stockton market stall.