The site's lease expires in November 2015
A petition has been started to save The Coronet venue in London’s Elephant and Castle.
The petition, which comes from the venue itself says that the site’s lease expires in November 2015, but that neither landlords Delancey nor Southwark Council has confirmed that it will be able to operate past that date, putting its future in jeopardy. “If we don’t get clarity about our future the Coronet may be forced to close,” says the petition, which is at Change.org.
The statement continues: “Employing over 100 members of staff, attracting more than 250,000 visitors every year, bringing huge amounts of revenue into the local area, and providing a creative and unique arts space, the Coronet is a huge asset to the community in Southwark’s Elephant & Castle and an integral part of its identity.”
It concludes: “We are calling on Delancey and Southwark Council to protect the future of the Coronet in the Elephant, either at our current location or at a suitable alternative site. We have up to £2m earmarked for improvements, and plan to bring events such as BBC Radio recordings south of the river. But without any commitment from Delancey or the Council, we cannot press ahead with our plans, nor can we reassure our staff who are worried for their jobs.”
The Coronet was built as The Elephant and Castle Theatre in 1879 and became a cinema in the 1920s, operating as such until 1999. It was launched as a club and venue in 2003, and has seen gigs from the likes of The Libertines, Oasis and Primal Scream.