Globe Theatre rebuild on target, on budget
Palmerston North's distinctively shaped Globe Theatre is growing wings as a $2.1 million rebuild heads toward a relaunch of the community facility in May.
City council project manager Rob Cuff said the building work was about 60 per cent finished, with the shell of the new 100-seat auditorium and the new roof line substantially complete.
Aluminium joinery for the new entrance and cafe-bar on the Te Manawa side of the building is in place, and the new toilets and offices are close to being closed in.
"We are still on track for a May 21 completion date, and tracking to be on budget."
Globe Theatre Trust Board chairman Stephen Fisher said it was exciting to see the theatre taking shape, and he was enjoying the working relationship with builders McMillan and Lockwood.
The timetable for the project meant there was some crossover allowing the trust's tasks associated with the fitout to begin while builders were still on the site - such as organising wiring for sound and lights and measuring up for curtains.
Mr Fisher said the trust's focus had shifted from an initial goal of raising $300,000 for furnishing the building, to ticking off items on its wishlist of extras.
"We are happy that when the place opens in May, people will see that it is finished. But we are still looking at some extras, such as enhancing the entrance, and a marketing bollard on Main St."
People can still buy seats in the new auditorium, with name plates that will be visible when they are folded away against the wall.