Structural report for theatre project

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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While the future of Timaru's Theatre Royal is being considered, a structural report will be commissioned.

The Timaru District Council's policy and development committee voted yesterday to obtain a structural report at an estimated cost of $10,000.

A feasibility study made a range of recommendations, including that the Theatre Royal be expanded, with two adjacent shops demolished to make way for a new foyer area.

The study also suggests the old Army Hall on Barnard St, which the council owns, could be removed to make a larger accessway to the back of the theatre.

New seating is proposed for the theatre, which would reduce the capacity by 100 from 1024, as the new seats would be wider.

First, however, the structural report will be sought.

The Theatre Royal has existed on the site since 1877 and was in private ownership until 1961, when the Timaru City Council acquired the building.

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- The Timaru Herald

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