The Meteor Theatre is going to be a very busy venue for the next month - and one community group believes there's no reason it can't be busy for the other 11 months of the year.
The newly formed One Victoria Street Trust aims to make the facility a hive of theatrical activity, attracting productions and audiences from far and wide. But first, the Hamilton City Council has to gift them the building.
The theatre's September show schedule would make an excellent template for future simultaneous use by a variety of groups, trustee Alec Forbes said.
It is currently home to Fullhouse Productions' season of Jesus Christ Superstar; the Sunday night Improv Combat shows; and, later, much of the multitude of acts and shows in the annual Hamilton Fringe Festival beginning on September 26.
"It's the model of use that we hope the building will become home to," Mr Forbes said.
The trust had recently met with city events and economic development general manager Sean Murray to "nail down the details" and formerly present their proposal.
Mr Murray said he was impressed with the trust's proposal.
"They seem to be very well-informed. They have certainly done their research and have put together a very credible proposal."
But while the Meteor could potentially be in good hands, Mr Murray said its supporters needed to be mindful it's future was being examined as part of a major review of the city's three council-owned theatres. "That process still has to run it's course."
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