Banging on about the St James

Usually it is Brian Rudman, this time the anonymous editor of the Herald ?(probably Rudman drew the short straw) banging on about the St James theatre, demanding council actions (read ratepayer money) to prop up their liberal elite past times.

Three years ago, Mayor Len Brown made a plea to the Auckland Council to explore options to save the magnificent St James Theatre. It was, he said, one of the most iconic buildings in Australasia yet it was “an open sore in the community … sitting there rotting”. Mr Brown’s enthusiastic backing for the Queen St venue’s restoration seemed like a turning point, the harbinger of a suitably splendid future. That makes it all the more ironic that, if anything, the theatre’s prospects have deteriorated since 2011 even though the case for restoring it remains as strong as ever.

Strong in Brian Rudman’s mind at least and the rest of his liberal elite pals that enjoy state and council subsidised arts programmes.

Any move to save and restore the St James will be widely supported. That backing is fully justified given its heritage and performing arts qualities. The theatre, with its ornate colonial-style interior featuring a marble staircase and three tiers of seating, more than lives up to Mr Brown’s adulation. Its 1400-seat capacity will also fill a niche in Auckland’s entertainment scene, not least for opera and ballet. Touring mainstage shows would also welcome it as a venue. Importantly, its acoustic qualities are said to match its ambience. During its 85 years, stars such as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson have appeared on its stage.

Here’s a thought…if demand and the case for restoring it is so strong how about buying it yourself with your liberal elite arts pals who aren;t short of coin and fix it yourself…after all people are clamouring to it aren;t they…let the market speak for you…surely a prime candidate for a stock exchange listing as well.

Such a shame that Len Brown reneged on yet another election promise…I wonder when Brian Rudman will come out against Lenny?

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