Brighton Hippodrome: The Big Debate

Last updated . By Katie Houghton.

It's been a heralded part of the Brighton community since 1867, its stands tall and it stands proud. But after years of wear and numerous guises as a circus venue, ice rink, and most recently, a Mecca Bingo hall, this nineteenth century slice of Brighton life could soon turn into a prim and polished complex of modern life. Looking to develop the current standing Hippodrome and hoist it back into the 21st Century, Alaska Development Consultants are looking to expand and enthral Brightonians with a new selection of cinemas, restaurants, and bars; but are they enthralled as such? Now, that's a tricky one.

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The proposed new main hall in the development of Brighton's iconic, nineteenth century Hippodrome. 

Whilst Brighton isn't ignorant to the need for development and investment, it has always been shy of newbies wiling their way in; of the inherently modern, and unnecessarily shiny (and too right). Pleas and petitions have been made for the historic Hippodrome to rather maintain its footing and instead developed into a realm of performance, live entertainment and music the like. The development is clear, the type of development is not. 

So what do we think, does Brighton need more contemporary restaurants and a cinema complex? Or should live entertainment, circus type performances and a London Camden Roundhouse style reign supreme? We'll keep you updated as to the changes made to Brighton's iconic Hippodrome!