Commenting on the DA submission, Executive Director of Century Venues, Greg Khoury, said: “It is a significant milestone on the journey to revive the Victoria Theatre and provides the blueprint to reopen the building as a fully compliant, working heritage theatre for the people of Newcastle and the Hunter. We have come this far with the encouragement and support of Newcastle City Council and the Victoria Theatre Campaign Cabinet: a group of Newcastle business, cultural and community leaders who are working alongside Century. The energy and commitment in the Hunter are palpable and invigorating.
“We engaged Scott Carver Architects to imaginatively and creatively realise The Victoria's potential. The brief was to touch the building fabric as lightly as possible, to preserve its remarkable heritage values, while ensuring the greatest functional flexibility, accessibility and amenity for artists and patrons alike in the 21st Century. We are immensely proud of the final concept they have produced and believe it, beyond question, represents best use for this tremendous cultural asset.
“Compared to the investment required to build from scratch a facility of this scale, offering up to 1,000 capacity, the revival of The Victoria is incredible value for money. It is low-hanging fruit in terms of returning to use a unique and highly desirable piece of our cultural history, quickly and affordably. While Century’s acquisition of the building means it is secure, the theatre has a long way to go before becoming an operational live performance venue,” said Mr Khoury.
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