Plymouth Atheneaum failed dismally in their attempt to have the damp, dire building they are in listed as a heritage site (Case No: 169182). Not surprising. It was retro when retro was already out of fashion and has nothing to offer Plymouth! I understand that to raise badly needed cash they are renting out the premises to a Yankee church. This must take them way outside of their constitution, especially considering the original Athenians were pagan and not christian.
The Plymouth Athenaeum is past its sell by date. It is a freak of the 1950s culture which tried to swing back to pre-war Peter and Jane story books for children and ladies having afternoon tea wearing hats. The thing for the place is to knock it down. It is an eyesore and has nothing going for it. They even had the audacity to expect people applying for membership to submit a 'written paper' to see if they were good enough to be accepted into the weird clique. This is Plymouth folks - not Oxbridge! I'm afraid the Athenaeum has lost its way among fast changing trends.
Went out of business about a year ago and ripe for demolition. Sad because it was the brave rebuilding of a Regency building destroyed by German bombing. But the new theatre gallery and space never caught on.
Average rating 1/5 from 3 reviews of The Plymouth Athenaeum.
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