The city council is to spend £5m securing the future on a long-awaited refurbishment of the King’s Theatre and a bid to reopen the old Leith Theatre three decades after it was closed down.
A further £5m has been ringfenced for a £45m project to create a new concert hall in the heart of the city’s New Town. The Impact Centre, which will include a 1,000-capacity auditorium, has already had pledges of £10m each from the Scottish and UK governments.
Our motion recognises the critically important role culture plays in our communities, to our economy and our global reputation as a cultural capital...Donald Wilson, Culture Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council
The city council, which has revealed spending plans ahead of a budget meeting next week, has pledged £4m towards a £25m overhaul of the Kings Theatre, which will secure its future for another 50 years.
The 112-year-old venue is expected to close for up to 18 months to allow the work to be carried out. Radical improvements to its stage, auditorium, backstage areas, bars and cafes areas would be carried out under a blueprint aimed at preventing a sudden closure.
The £1 million earmarked for the Leith Theatre Trust is expected to kick-start efforts to secure the permanent reopening of the building, which was falling into disrepair before it was brought back to life for the festival Hidden Door last year.
Irvine Welsh, Danny Boyle, Rod Stewart, The Proclaimers, Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner and Garbage singer Shirley Manson have all thrown their weight behind a campaign to open the building, which dates back to 1932...