South Taranaki Star
The future of Opunake's Everybodys' Theatre is secure after a $221,000 grant.
The grant, from Pub Charity, will pay for strengthening of the 1914 building, Everybodys' Theatre committee president Debbie Campbell says.
But the road to a finished building is not paid for yet.
"It will start the structural work but it won't cover the decorating or the finishing touches. But to get into the theatre and start using it again, it will allow us to do that."
The committee is consulting the Opunake community to finalise what is needed in the facility, and work will begin after July 2.
"It's a good start. It will let us get the builder or the engineer people in to complete that side of it and then hopefully the council will let us get into it and run the business again."
Fundraising for the second stage, an interior building upgrade, began with a big garage sale on June 16.
Mrs Campbell says it will continue with A Night at the Races on Tuesday, June 26, at the Sandfords Event Centre.
They have applied to other funding agencies but have been told more information about community requirements is needed.
The theatre was closed in March by the South Taranaki District Council because of safety concerns. A report commissioned last year found the theatre needed strengthening work.
The two shops which lease the space at the front of the theatre, Penny's Coastal Cafe and Dave's Barber Shop, will continue operating. The problems affect only the back of the building.
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