What, another religious group? It's last owner was also a religious group but they apparently got fewer punters than ENO at the Coliseum which is why it had to be sold just now. It was a wonderful theatre and I saw several shows there including a variety bill with Bud Flanagan (great personality) and a production of Maid of the Mountains with Douglas Byng as the Governor. I also went to several BBC recordings of 'Friday Night is Music Night'. So sad it can't join Wimbledon, Richmond and Bromley as one of London's peripheral theatres.
That's two empty theatres on the outskirts of Manchester then. The Hulme Hippodrome, Tameside Theatre/Hippodrome, plus the Theatre Royal on Peter St, directly inbetween the Palace Theatre and the Opera House . Apparently the latter is owned by the Edwardian Group who own the hotel constructed within the old Free Trade Hall, directly next door to the Theatre Royal. Its use as a nightclub etc have not damaged the interior , the actual theatre fittings have just been covered up to accommodate changes of use. Mant years ago my late brother did some referencing on the building on behalf of the inland revenue, and he assured me this was the case.