Our History

The building’s original identity as a church and school is unmistakeable and the character, design and sense of community of that building remain essential to its role under the auspices of Saltburn Community & Arts Association (SC&AA).

Built in 1910, it was, for 59 years, the Primitive Methodist church in Saltburn: situated in the centre of the town, close to the railway station and very much ‘at the heart’ of its congregation. When the two Methodist churches combined in 1969 the advantage and importance of its position was self-evident and its potential new role as an Arts and Community Centre was identified and secured when the management was formalised with the creation of SC&AA in 1996.

During the fifty years since its change of purpose, the Arts and Crafts building has been altered only to allow the church to become a 150-seater theatre; to create offices, changing areas and to provide a kitchen/bar facility. The Hall, which was the Schoolroom, remains very much as it was originally and as a community hall provides the venue for a wide range of activities. The adjacent Meeting Room similarly changes its role to be an Artist’s Green Room, a meeting place for all ages and sometimes a café area served by the kitchen. The Theatre presents a wide range of professional musicians and touring theatre companies and is home for the local amateur drama group

Although the building is still owned by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, the upkeep and running of the centre is the responsibility of the voluntary group of SC&AA Trustees. This is achieved through ticket sales for its own events and by hiring out the three areas of the building: the Theatre, the Hall and the Meeting Room. SC&AA’s own events include the regular Film Club, the monthly Music Live and Seaside Folk evenings and various one-off performances and events. Other facilities at the Centre include the bar, the kitchen and the gallery.

All other users of the Centre, whether they be other charities, local groups, regional societies or, indeed, council events, pay for the use of the premises. This includes the regular commitment of clients such as U3A, the ’53 Drama Group and the Comedy Club.