A MUCH-LOVED Sheffield landmark could be forced to close its doors for good.
Trustees have launched a last-ditch attempt to save Abbeydale Picture House after it was repossessed by mortgage lenders.
The neo-classical-style building, which opened its doors in 1920, has been plagued by money problems since the change of a mortgage policy increased repayments from £600 to £2,600 a month.
Since then, The Friends of Abbeydale Picture House group – which bought the empty structure seven years ago with a view to creating a creating a community venue for performing arts, visual media, theatre, live music and cinema – has been scraping together funds to keep it afloat.
But last month the bank stepped in and took possession of the Grade II-listed building, which provides a stage for amateur productions and has its own youth theatre.
That means the current production of Hi-De-Hi, which has its final performance tonight, could be the last to take to the stage.
Clive Jaques, director of The Friends of Abbeydale Picture House, said: “It might be a couple of months before it closes, it might be tomorrow. We just don’t know.
“We keep getting extensions from the bank and are looking at working with not-for-profit organisations but what we need is a big sum of money soon.
“The big concern is that a big chain supermarket will come along and buy it and just add it to their stock because it’s a cheap building.
“We had a letter from an older couple in Sheffield who met in the dance hall at Abbeydale.
“They sent us a £100 donation. That is how much a part of the community it is.”