Heritage Building Becomes Rathmines Theatre

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Heritage & Historical, Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  27 Jul 2020

An upgrade of the historic Rathmines building to a new theatre is complete.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser was joined by Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper MP at Rathmines Theatre on Friday (24 July 2020) for a walkthrough of the Theatre after its $3.3 million refurbishment.

Rathmines Theatre, former community hall and wartime recreational building.

Jointly funded by the NSW Government and Lake City, the upgrade included an internal fit-out, new bathrooms, new audio-visual equipment, disabled parking, an accessible ramp, and landscaping.

Cr Fraser said the project has given the historic building a new lease of life.

The refreshed facility will help to reinvigorate the cultural scene in western Lake Macquarie and will deliver significant economic benefits to the area,” Cr Fraser said.

This state-of-the-art facility offers a place for performers to take centre stage and share their talents with the community.

It is also home to the Heritage Centre, a place where our community can visit to learn about the history of Rathmines and Lake Macquarie City.”

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism said the redeveloped venue provides a great opportunity for the arts community and an ideal tourism destination.

Rathmines Theatre will offer unique programs and exhibitions unlike anything Lake Macquarie has experienced before,” Ms Hemsley said.

This revived venue provides a space for performance artists to be inspired and connect with their audience attracting visitors from across the region to our City to experience something memorable.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, thanked Lake Macquarie City Council its contribution to the social and cultural fabric of the local region.

This upgraded theatre ensures that we will continue to attract and host productions for many years to come – introducing younger generations, and welcoming visitors, to the magic of theatre,” Ms Cusack said.

This is exactly the kind of project the Stronger Country Communities Fund is designed to deliver, projects, upgrades and amenities that make a big difference to everyday life.”

Rathmines Theatre small group tours

Where: Rathmines Theatre, Stilling Street, Rathmines
When: Saturday 8 August, from 10am

We will be offering small group tours of the Theatre and Heritage Centre on Saturday 8 August from 10am. Bookings are essential to ensure we comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Bookings can be made at www.eventbrite.com.au or by calling 02 4921 0556.

History of Rathmines Theatre

Rathmines Theatre, formerly known as the Rathmines Community Hall, is located on the former RAAF Station Rathmines and is of local heritage significant.

The building was built in the 1940s and used as a Picture Theatre and Gymnasium, a recreational outlet for servicemen at the RAAF Station.

In the 1960s, Council took over the management of the former RAAF Station and used the building as a community hall.

Rathmines RAAF flying boat base in 1943.

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