History of the Marian Street Theatre
Council owns one live theatre venue, the Marian Street Theatre, a 280 seat theatre located in Killara. The Marian Street Theatre has a long history as a community cultural asset since its construction as a hall in 1906. Following its development as a theatre in 1965, the facility played a significant role in the area’s cultural life, being a staple of the North Shore theatre scene. It is a much-loved cultural facility and widely remembered by former patrons and theatre lovers across metropolitan Sydney.
When Northside Theatre Company ceased trading in 2001, Marian Street Theatre for Young People became sole occupier of the building presenting holiday family entertainment and providing theatre training for young people. Ku-ring-gai Council is a strong supporter of the Marian Street Theatre for Young People, both financially and in kind.
The Marian Street Theatre was closed due to safety concerns in December 2013.
Future of the Marian Street Theatre
Council recognise the theatre as an important community asset and want to understand if the community think the Marian Street Theatre should be restored and renovated to provide a live theatre venue for the Ku-ring-gai community. The estimated Marian Street Theatre refurbishment cost would be between $2.9 million and $4.1 million, depending on the level of upgrade. Council also wants to understand whether investment in a separate purpose-built venue, as an alternative, would better suit the needs of the community and large touring production companies than the restoration of the existing Marian Street Theatre .
In considering the best options for live theatre in Ku-ring-gai Council has a duty to balance the community needs for live theatre in the LGA with the long term financial sustainability of a theatre and Council’s ability to underwrite and support such a facility.
The decision making process for the future of the theatre is ongoing.
Marian Street Theatre for Young People
Marian Street Theatre for Young People are still offering a full program of classes and workshops in Killara and Gordon
For information regarding Marian Street Theatre for Young People please contact 9420 4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lean more about what classes are on offer at Marian Street Theatre for Young People's website.
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