Marian St Theatre Business Case

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Hawkridge Entertainment Services were engaged by Ku-ring-gai Council to review and update the business case for the proposed redevelopment of the Marian St Theatre in Killara.

The study was divided into three key actions which are described in the following detail.
Analysis of current Business Case
Review current business case;
Identification of shortfalls/updating requirements;
Operating model review including discussion of resident company model.

Business Case Update
Benchmarking of suitable venues;
Engagement with potential stakeholders (producers/promoters);
Review of potential additional revenue sources including ticketing, catering and bar/kiosk;
Analysis of theatre “booking” hire rates;
Review of Staffing structure and cost;
Completion of financials for both options.

Report Finalisation
Creation of conclusions;
Establish recommendations for Council;
Draft to Council for review;
Report alterations as required;
Delivery of Final Report.

The Marian Street Theatre was built in 1906 as a community hall, Marian Street became a professional theatre in 1966 and remained so until 2001. The Marian St Children’s Theatre began in 1967, with the first all-young people performance in 1969 under the helm of actor/director Audrey Blaxland.

Marian Street Theatre Company closed in 2001 due to the collapse of its major sponsor HIH Insurance. In 2008 – 2010 extensive work was undertaken by Council. The children’s performing troupe continued at the theatre until it closed its doors in 2013 due to the venue no longer being compliant with the Australian Building Code. The company continued performances at nearby Knox Cultural Centre.

Ku-ring-gai Council is currently reviewing two options for the redevelopment of the theatre. If completed, the Marian St Theatre redevelopment has the opportunity to again be an important cultural institution for the North shore and Sydney region.