Sell the­atre to coun­cil for min­i­mal sum

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

I WAS sad­dened to read that the King’s The­atre build­ing in Dundee had gone unsold at auc­tion, leav­ing its fu­ture un­cer­tain.

Mind you, a price tag of £400,000 seems quite high for a build­ing (pic­tured be­low in its 1925 hey­day) that would need a heck of a lot of work to re­store it.

How­ever, I do think to lose it would be a trav­esty. To have it re­in­stated to its for­mer glory — and ap­par­ently most of the in­ter­nal or­nate plas­ter­work etc is still in place to make this build­ing quite ma­jes­tic — would be fan­tas­tic.

I think the build­ing should be handed over to the coun­cil for a min­i­mal sum.

As it stands, the ad­min­is­tra­tors aren’t mak­ing any money as no one is pre­pared to buy it.

Once in the own­er­ship of the city, the King’s The­atre Trust mem­bers could start a crowd­fund­ing page and run events to gather cash for the re­fur­bish­ment.

If the ci­ti­zens gave their back­ing to the process then the the­atre would feel like “theirs”.

All cities have old the­atres that have been mod­ernised to play host to con­certs, mar­kets and the like. And Dundee has seen too much of its his­tory de­mol­ished.

It would def­i­nitely be a jewel in the crown of the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture bid — per­haps the fo­cus could be put on hav­ing it ready to re­open in 2023?

Hope­ful.

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