Great news for the local community as the Marian Street Theatre is set to explode back to artistic life! The Sydney North Planning Panel has approved Ku-ring-gai Council’s plans to revive the historic Marian Street Theatre in Killara.
The potential refurbishment will provide upgrades to the current theatre, a new theatrette, a rehearsal space and a cafe. Ku-ring-gai Council will partly fund the project from asset sales.
Built in 1906 as a community hall, the Marian Street Theatre became a professional theatre in 1966 and remained so until 2001. In 1967, the Marian St Children’s Theatre began, 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 Marian Street Theatre for Young People, 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 continues to perform at venues across the region including at The Concourse in Chatswood.
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