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Theatre project finished, ready to raise curtain.

Theatre project finished, ready to raise curtain.

THEATRE OPEN: Gisborne District councillor and War Memorial Theatre Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour is looking forward to the official launch of the $3.6 million renovation and refurbishment of Lawson Field Theatre on September 14. A free presentation by the Matai Medical Research Institute tomorrow will be the first public event to be held in the auditorium. Picture by Paul Rickard

The $3.6 million upgrade of the Lawson Field Theatre is complete and it is ready for its first public event tomorrow and official opening concert next month.

The upgrade and earthquake strengthening project was helped by extensive fundraising efforts by the War Memorial Theatre Trust.

Featuring a modern facade referencing the neighbouring Rose Garden, the upgraded theatre has enhancements that make it ideal for a wide range of users and events, a council spokeswoman said.

“The foyer and Rose Room have been beautifully refurbished, alongside the upgraded patio area and landscaping into the Marina Park, so the venue can be used for outdoor events,” she said.

The theatre has new staging, lighting and safety, convenience and comfort improvements for hirers and patrons.

A change of colour scheme in the Rose Room features a dramatic, modern vibe and the foyer is slightly larger.

Donors to the original build have been retained on the refreshed timber feature wall and donors to this reconstruction will appear on a lit glass tower on the pillar in the foyer.

There is a wider staircase to the upstairs seating from the foyer and the return of a second aisle in the auditorium.

Contractor Currie Construction Ltd started work on the theatre in June last year.

Because of earthquake strengthening required, it has been closed to the public since October 2016.

The first public event in the Rose Room was held this week when a clairvoyant performed.

A presentation by Matai Medical Research Institute will be held in the auditorium and Rose Room tomorrow.

The official launch will be hosted by the War Memorial Theatre Trust on September 14.

Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour says the launch will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the charitable trusts and individual donors in the community who made the project possible.

Gisborne District Council committed $1.1 million to the upgrade and the rest has come from external grants and fundraising.

“The trust set a target of raising $1.5 million to see the project completed, opened and fitted out with the necessary inclusions for an operative complex that is much more than a theatre,” Mrs Seymour says.

“We look forward to the theatre being available to our community once again for public and private bookings.”

The $3.6 million upgrade of the Lawson Field Theatre is complete and it is ready for its first public event tomorrow and official opening concert next month.

The upgrade and earthquake strengthening project was helped by extensive fundraising efforts by the War Memorial Theatre Trust.

Featuring a modern facade referencing the neighbouring Rose Garden, the upgraded theatre has enhancements that make it ideal for a wide range of users and events, a council spokeswoman said.

“The foyer and Rose Room have been beautifully refurbished, alongside the upgraded patio area and landscaping into the Marina Park, so the venue can be used for outdoor events,” she said.

The theatre has new staging, lighting and safety, convenience and comfort improvements for hirers and patrons.

A change of colour scheme in the Rose Room features a dramatic, modern vibe and the foyer is slightly larger.

Donors to the original build have been retained on the refreshed timber feature wall and donors to this reconstruction will appear on a lit glass tower on the pillar in the foyer.

There is a wider staircase to the upstairs seating from the foyer and the return of a second aisle in the auditorium.

Contractor Currie Construction Ltd started work on the theatre in June last year.

Because of earthquake strengthening required, it has been closed to the public since October 2016.

The first public event in the Rose Room was held this week when a clairvoyant performed.

A presentation by Matai Medical Research Institute will be held in the auditorium and Rose Room tomorrow.

The official launch will be hosted by the War Memorial Theatre Trust on September 14.

Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour says the launch will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the charitable trusts and individual donors in the community who made the project possible.

Gisborne District Council committed $1.1 million to the upgrade and the rest has come from external grants and fundraising.

“The trust set a target of raising $1.5 million to see the project completed, opened and fitted out with the necessary inclusions for an operative complex that is much more than a theatre,” Mrs Seymour says.

“We look forward to the theatre being available to our community once again for public and private bookings.”

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