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.