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 as a staple of the North Shore theatre scene. It is fondly remembered by former patrons and theatre lovers across Sydney.
When Northside Theatre Company ceased trading in 2001, Marian Street Theatre for Young People occupied the building presenting plays and providing theatre training for young people. Ku-ring-gai Council continues to be a strong supporter of the Marian Street Theatre for Young People, providing an annual grant and other support.
Marian Street Theatre was closed due to public safety concerns in December 2013.
Future of the Marian Street Theatre
The Council recognises the theatre is an important community asset and has been working with the Save Marian Street Theatre Committee to develop a plan for the theatre’s future. The Save Marian Street Theatre Committee is a group of local residents and theatre lovers set up to raise funds for an upgrade to the theatre.
In June 2018 the Council considered a business case prepared by the Committee to reopen and upgrade Marian Street Theatre. This estimated capital costs to be $9.8 million, with the inclusion of multiple performance spaces, a Creative Learning Centre, a theatrical rigging system, new studios, offices, reception areas and an additional lift for access to the car park.
The Council subsequently approved the establishment of a Project Steering Committee with a target date of three years to reopen the theatre. The design and operating model will be based on the concept recommended by the Save Marian Street Theatre Committee.
The Council will work with the Committee, residents and theatre experts to ensure the theatre upgrade is to a standard that meets community expectations.
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 email@example.com.
Lean more about what classes are on offer at Marian Street Theatre for Young People's website.
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