May­fair fa­cade able to be saved


Chair­man of the May­fair Theatre John Wy­att said two key mile­stones have been reached in the drive to re­de­velop the May­fair Theatre.

A new con­sti­tu­tion has been passed and ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions look like the fa­cade can be saved.

The beau­ti­ful pink 1930s Art Deco build­ing on the Es­planade was dam­aged in the 7.8-mag­ni­tude Novem­ber earth­quake and has been fenced off to the pub­lic since. The fa­cade sur­vived with only a few cracks, but the build­ing be­hind sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

What was able to be sal­vaged has been re­moved in­clud­ing a four-year old dig­i­tal pro­jec­tor, which the com­mu­nity fundraised for.

While the theatre was closed reg­u­lar pop-up screen­ings have been shown at Dol­phin En­counter.

‘‘A new con­sti­tu­tion has been passed and reg­is­tered which is a vi­tal step to be­ing able to at­tract fund­ing and to sig­nif­i­cantly broaden what will be of­fered once the new fa­cil­ity is re­built - rang­ing from tra­di­tional block­buster movies to more spe­cial­ist films, live events, small con­fer­ences and lec­tures,’’ Wy­att said.

A deep scan of the fa­cade has also been com­pleted and the ini­tial news was good he said.

‘‘It looks as though the fa­cade can be saved and the next step will be to see if it is eco­nomic and can be tied into the plans for the new fa­cil­ity in be­hind.’’

‘‘We have reached base camp and now need to drive on to­wards our goal of pro­duc­ing a great new, fu­ture proofed fa­cil­ity, which will be used by, and rel­e­vant to, our whole com­mu­nity.

‘‘Fundrais­ing will be our next mas­sive chal­lenge and we would wel­come in­put, ideas and sup­port from in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses across Kaik­oura and be­yond.’’

In May the com­mit­tee started a fundrais­ing project called Vi­sion 2020.

In 2020 the May­fair Theatre would have been in com­mu­nity own­er­ship for 50 years and they were very keen to en­sure the theatre doors would be open be­fore 2020, said Wy­att at the time.

The May­fair Theatre are hold­ing their AGM on De­cem­ber 5 to elect a new board re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing this im­por­tant com­mu­nity project for­ward said Wy­att.

Nom­i­na­tions needed to be re­ceived by Novem­ber 21. Con­tact May­fair sec­re­tary Jan Dasler.

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