Future of Hamilton theatres

Clarence St Theatre.
Hamilton residents are invited to have their say on the future of the city’s theatres, as part of the Council’s theatres review.


Hamilton residents are invited to have their say on the future of the city’s theatres.

Feedback is welcome as part of the Council’s theatres review. The review aims to map out the city’s long-term needs and supports Council’s aim to maintain and support a sustainable, smart and vibrant performing arts scene in Hamilton – one of the aspirations of the Hamilton Arts Agenda.

Hamilton Mayor and councillors met this morning in an informal workshop to discuss the Hamilton Theatres Review. The purpose of the workshop was for staff to present the key findings from the review to the Mayor and councillors as well as outline a range of potential options for the theatres going forward.

Based on findings from this review, Hamilton City Council is considering a range of options. The recommended options outlined in the review include:

Upgrade Founders Theatre

This upgrade would include upgrading the fly tower, acoustics, increasing the stage wings and overall stage area, adding some rehearsal spaces, a black box performance space as a second on site venue and a foyer upgrade including a restaurant and bar.

Sell Clarence Street Theatre

The sale of Clarence St would require the redirection of performances to Founders Theatre. This would result in higher capacity and reduce operating costs.

Gift the Meteor building to a community group / trust

The review has provided an opportunity for Council to gift The Meteor building to a community group/trust to operate while Council would still retain the land. If it is not possible to find an appropriate community group or trust, Council would look at selling the building with the view to create a flexible black box performance space on the Founders site.

Reassessment of community charges

The review supports common views that the current rates charged to local performers and companies is too high and a barrier to additional performances being staged. Council will be reconsidering the charging regime – assuming compensatory savings can be found elsewhere.

Feedback on these recommended options and the review as a whole is welcome until 20 March 2013.

For Sean Murray, Events and Economic Development Group Manager, this feedback is extremely important.

“Council is proposing a new direction for our theatres and feedback is extremely important because we want people to tell us whether they think we are heading the right way or not.

A key part of this review is the future of the Meteor and we are also really keen to hear from community groups and trusts who are interested in putting a proposal forward.”

Have your say

Council wants to know what you think about the review. For further information on the review, including the full report, summary document, and an online feedback form click here.

Feedback will be collated and further discussed with Council in April.

Media Release: Hamilton City Council

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

5 Feb 2013

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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