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Derelict music venue could be brought back to life

The dream of live performances returning to a derelict theatre that once hosted the Beatles could become a reality. Campaigners feared plans to transform the Brighton Hippodrome into a cinema would spell the end of it as a live venue.

Those plans have since been dropped and the site's been bought by the Academy Music Group. They'll spend the next six months comparing options for the building's future. Here's David Fisher from Brighton Hippodrome CIC.

Brighton Hippodrome to host live act as part of campaign

A Beatles tribute act will play a benefit performance tonight - in an attempt to save a venue in which the real fab four once played.

Campaigners want to revive the Brighton Hippodrome Credit: ITV Meridian

Campaigners are fighting to revive the run-down Brighton Hippodrome as a live performance space. Plans to turn it into a cinema were agreed last month.

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Plans to restore the Brighton Hippodrome

It was once known as a jewel in the UK theatre's crown and played host to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but the Brighton Hippodrome has been left derelict for almost ten years.

Many in the city don't realise it's even there and yet this legendary venue could now be re-developed as an eight screen cinema. But a thousand people have already signed a petition against it. Andy Dickenson reports.