City hall unveils Townsville theatre facelift
August 25th, 2008
A FACELIFT for Townsville’s 30-year-old Civic Theatre will revamp it into the city’s `iconic’ Q150 building. Townsville MP Mike Reynolds and Townsville City Council Mayor Les Tyrell announced the re-allocation of the Q150 money yesterday from the arts hub to the Civic Theatre.
The Civic Theatre extension will almost double the complex from 1867sq m to 3519sq m and will include:
560sq m of new rehearsal space divided into two separate areas; Five practice rooms that can double as offices;
Airconditioned foyer area with electronic doors;
Function room with outdoor balcony, board/meeting room and commercial kitchen;
More space for technical staff, workshop, and climate-controlled storage area;
Lift access to the two upper doors leading to the auditorium;
Secure box office and administration offices.
THE Civic Theatre was opened on March 31, 1978 by Governor of Queensland Sir James Ramsey. Townsville City Council architect Nigel Daniels was appointed to design the theatre in April 1973 for a Boundary St site. Consultants were brought in for the highly technical fields such as acoustics, lighting and stage machinery. One-third of the $4.5 million overall cost was paid for by the State Government and the rest was made up by the council. Today the theatre attracts more than 110,000 people to about 165 performances a year.
Performing Arts Historical Society of Townsville