The arts luvvies are on the bludge again demanding the government fund the restoration of a shithouse theatre that no one has used for nearly ten years.
If we have done without it for ten years we can do without it forever.
The fate of Auckland’s historic St James Theatre could be in the Government’s hands, according to the Labour party’s heritage spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern.
Renovations of the 87-year-old Queen St building, which closed as a theatre in 2007 over safety concerns, are well underway alongside a 300-unit apartment development.
Major works are due to begin in March next year, but a shortage of funding still dogs the project, which has an estimated cost of between between $60 million and $70m.
“Auckland Council has partnered with Auckland Notable Properties Trust to develop a salvage plan and come to the party with $15m,” Ardern said.
“But even with a generous contribution from the owners and others, there is still a funding shortfall.
“If the remaining funding needed for the restoration is not found, we risk the doors remaining closed and the theatre mothballed.”