Many of Christchurch’s entertainment venues were deemed unsafe after the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes, including the Repertory Theatre on Kilmore St; however, the city’s residents and international celebrities alike have been hard at work to fundraise for the rebuild of their best-loved theatres.

Lyttelton-based theatre The Loons, which is located in the former Lyttelton Working Men’s Club, has received $390,000 in donations for the restoration and seismic strengthening of their 100-year-old building on Canterbury Street. With plans to convert the basement level into a bar and outdoor garden and make improvements to the performance areas, Lyttelton is likely to get back its theatre by Christmas 2012 (see WOR J141156 for further details).

Isaac Theatre Royal on Gloucester Street is also being restorated to its former glory, with plans to reopen by January 2013. Fundraising for the theatre’s restoration has recently received a boost from LOTR actor Sir Ian McKellen, who performed a one-man show around the country to raise money soley for the project (see WOR J133423). Christchurch Arts Centre’s The Court Theatre temporarily relocated to a disused grain store in September 2011 after a hugely-successful $4.6 million fundraising campaign to enable the conversion of their new premises into a state-of-the-art theatre (see WOR J132613).

Source: Hannah Dunn, South Island Commercial Researcher


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