£7m Makeover to secure future of Leith Theatre

Published: 02 May 2018

A theatre will be reborn as a year-round live music venue for Edinburgh under plans for a £7 million makeover to secure its long-term future.

Leith Theatre is being lined up to reopen for regular events within months under a vision aimed at transforming it into one of Scotland’s leading indoor concert halls. Work is already underway on the transformation of the venue which dates back to 1933, survived a bomb blast in the Second World War and was closed 30 years ago due to its declining condition.

Our £1 million investment will help the venue to secure further investment...

Frank Ross, Lord Provost, The City of Edinburgh Council

 

It reopened temporarily last May for the Hidden Door Festival, an event which will return there next month. New lighting, power and backstage facilities are being installed in the building over the next few months as part of the phased refurbishment, which is expected to take several years to complete.

A spokeswoman for the Leith Theatre Trust said: “We anticipate that the contribution from the council will take us a long way to delivering our short-term aim of making the main auditorium operational and can pave the way for capital fundraising to support the long term refurbishment. The confidence the council has shown in our ambition is important to others engaging with our future plans...”

Full story via the Edinburgh Evening news

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