3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today click here

New owners for The Electric Palace in Bridport

PUBLISHED: 16:39 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 11 February 2015

Archant

The Electric Palace, Bridport’s prestigious live entertainment venue, has new owners – a local family from West Dorset.

Under its new manager, Susan Warren, who grew up in West Dorset and went to school in Dorchester, the Electric Palace will continue as a venue for great music, live comedy and film, whilst expanding its range of events for families, children, and older members of the Bridport and West Dorset community.

Since 2003 the Electric Palace has been owned by Peter Hitchin, who bought it after it had been closed for several years. Subsequently, he was instrumental in gaining the patronage of Sir Richard Eyre, Ralph Steadman, Julian Fellowes and Mike Leigh, amongst others.

Susan said: “We want to build on what Peter has achieved but also embrace new opportunities for the Electric Palace, so that it will continue to be at the forefront of entertainment in the area.

“The Electric Palace is a very special place. We want to further restore and refurbish it over the next two to three years, whilst preserving its unique character and charm. The Electric Palace belongs to the community, we just put on the shows for everyone to enjoy.

“I’m delighted that all the staff will remain and we look forward to working alongside them to continue to deliver great entertainment.”

Peter Hitchin, who owns and runs Symondsbury Manor, said: “There were a surprising number of people who wanted to own the venue and I am glad that it has gone to someone who has local roots and who intends to continue to run the Electric Palace with a varied programme of music, comedy and film.

“Together with my children, Gideon and Gabrielle, I’ve loved running the place. I will certainly miss all the excitement involved but the venue will profit from an injection of new enthusiasm and ideas which I am confident that Susan and her family will provide.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and stewards who have helped make the Electric Palace such a success over the last ten years and I am looking forward to seeing the Electric Palace continue to grow and reflect all that is great about Bridport and West Dorset.”

Forthcoming events include monthly comedy networks with up-and-coming, young comedians fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, screenings of National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions, live music including a show by Broadchurch composer Olafur Arnalds, followed by the screening of the hit TV series’ finale on 23 February, and a programme of free events for children over half-term.

***

READ ON

Dorset film locations - Ever wondered where your favourite movie or scene is filmed? Here we summarise those that might be closer than you think!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Friday, September 14, 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans on this lovely walk that takes in rare habitat, ancient woodland and glorious views

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This challenging coastal walk rewards your efforts with spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marine photographer Steve Belasco shares some very special wildlife moments

Read more
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TravelSupermarket has uncovered the top 25 most popular UK beaches on Instagram after analysing hashtags used for over 1,100 beaches and Bournemouth comes out on top

Read more
Monday, September 3, 2018

From a harvest festival to a guided tour of a botanical collection used for making perfume, there is plenty happening in Dorset’s gardens this month

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ride + Stride, Dorset Historic Churches Trust’s annual fundraising event, is a great way to explore and support some of the county’s more unusual places of worship

Read more
Monday, August 6, 2018

This easy level walks takes in an ancient village described as The Mother of Bournemouth and Throop Mill of the River Stour

Read more
Monday, August 6, 2018

Dorset villages are some of the most beautiful in England – think winding lanes, thatched cottages and a cosy pub or welcoming tea room. We suggest ten of the prettiest villages to visit in the county

Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018

Martin Clunes and his family have called West Dorset home for over two decades. Here he shares some of their favourite local places

Read more

From paddling on the Frome to admiring one of the best vistas in Dorset, Adam Lee-Potter’s beloved home town just keeps getting better and better

Read more
Monday, July 16, 2018

Butterflies, buzzards and beautiful views sum up this lovely summer walk around Piddletrenthide and Plush Hill

Read more
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Visit Dorset reveal their favourite lesser-known local beaches to explore if you want to get off the beaten track this summer

Read more
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Anne Brunner-Ellis takes her horse on holiday to a B&B in Ashmore where they both enjoy three glorious days of exploring the local countryside as well as a spot of pampering

Read more

From supper on the beach to a vibrant live music scene, Kate Shaw reveals why her family love living in this award-winning coastal town

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search