June 18, 2024


Art Shines Through

Powerbroker pushes to save two art deco theatres

A spokesperson for the NSW Treasurer did not rule out acquisition: “Many assignments are being viewed as as section of the budget course of action currently less than way.”

Questioned if his vote was contingent on the two theatres currently being saved, Greenwich reported: “The governing administration appreciates expenditure in the arts is pretty critical for every person.”

Western Sydney business enterprise chief David Borger said it would be a “crime” if the Metro Theatre was acquired and not the Roxy.

Parramatta Lord Mayor said Donna Davis reported: “There is nothing at all our town wants more than to see the lovely Roxy Theatre preserved and brought to lifetime. It is this kind of an asset to our metropolis.”

Last Monday council endorsed strategy plans for a revamp of the Riverside Theatres, opened as a Bicentennial venture.

The strategies offers for a new lyric theatre, a new drama theatre and studio and cinema and a refurbished playhouse to assistance an anticipated populace explosion arising from new preparing controls allowing skyscrapers of up to 69 storeys for mixed-use residential properties and 52 storeys for commercial workplaces in an expanded CBD.

Western Sydney has no huge theatre capable of staging blockbuster musicals, ballet or grand opera, with key theatre venues clustered about the Sydney CBD.

Council’s programs efficiently double the sizing of the council-owned and operated accomplishing arts centre situated diagonally across the river from the internet site of the new Parramatta Powerhouse.

The Riverside Theatres now consists of three venues, the greatest of which seats 761 folks and is not massive sufficient to stage important productions.

Davis reported that as the “inner west of the west”, Parramatta was massive adequate to accommodate a revitalised Roxy and a lyric theatre, equally pieces of significant arts infrastructure that required the assist of government.

Davis reported her focus was on securing extra funding wanted to deliver arts and cultural infrastructure that this metropolis and western Sydney desired.


“There is no greater time to be advocating for this funding that the week the minister for organizing has unveiled the CBD planning proposal which outlines the expansion, employment options and housing in the CBD. It all goes hand in hand.

“If you are to establish that exceptional metropolis, we will need to have these arts and cultural institutions as nicely as the sporting facilities, parklands and heritage to deliver persons to the metropolis.”

Parramatta Council will now move forward with a detailed business enterprise situation for the Riverside redevelopment. Council will use $100 million it banked from the proceeds of the sale of the Powerhouse land but would probably have to have to uncover a hole of up $40 million or so to make the redevelopment materialize.