28 June 2018
Ku-ring-gai Council votes to upgrade and reopen the Marian Street Theatre The Council voted unanimously at its meeting this week to develop a fully costed funding model to upgrade the community-based theatre in Killara.
Council will now establish a Project Steering Committee to develop a detailed design and operating model for the theatre. These will be based on a ‘multi-purpose plan’, a concept recommended by the Save Marian Street Theatre Committee.
The Save Marian Street Theatre Committee was formed two years ago by a dedicated group of community members to support reopening the theatre.
A business case prepared by the Committee estimates capital costs for the proposed refurbishment to be $9.8 million, with multiple performance spaces, a Creative Learning Centre, a theatrical rigging system, new studios, offices and reception areas and an additional lift for access to the car park.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the Council had the goal of building an updated Marian Street Theatre in three years time.
“A lot of people feel very passionately about the theatre and we thank the Save Marian Street Theatre Committee for channeling that passion into a business model that we can now take forward.”
“We will be working with the Committee as well as talking to residents and theatre experts about a plan that will ensure the theatre is upgraded and managed to a standard that meets community expectations”.
To read the report for the 26 June Council meeting visit www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/meetings<http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/meetings>