A new phase for Mer­cury The­atre

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ADAM JACOBSON

A once idle Auck­land the­atre has come un­der new man­age­ment, and it’s wasting no time in breath­ing life back into the grand old dame.

The newly created Mer­cury The­atre Pro­duc­tion Com­pany (MTPC) has been es­tab­lished with the pur­pose of over­see­ing the op­er­a­tions of the iconic Mer­cury The­atre.

Lo­cated just off Karanga­hape Rd, the 117-year-old, her­itage two pro­tected build­ing houses 775 seats.

Mer­cury The­atre Pro­duc­tion Com­pany direc­tor Conor Can­dler said he was given the ‘‘chal­lenge to get this girl back on the map’’.

‘‘We are tak­ing it now from a the­atre that was oc­ca­sion­ally open to one that is now reg­u­larly open,’’ Can­dler said.

Mer­cury The­atre closed its doors in 1991, and only par­tially re­opened three years ago in 2014.

Nev­er­the­less, ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion work had taken place over the past 10 years to re­turn it to its orig­i­nal glory, in­clud­ing main stage ex­ten­sions and LED light­ing in­stalled, he said.

To show­case its new di­rec­tion, Can­dler had or­gan­ised a triple bill of Char­lie Chap­lin’s most fa­mous movies, all be­ing screened in black and white and with orig­i­nal early 20th cen­tury sub­ti­tles on Septem­ber 30 and Oc­to­ber 1.

ADAM JACOBSON/STUFF

Mer­cury The­atre Pro­duc­tion Com­pany direc­tor Conor Can­dler has been chal­lenged to get Mer­cury The­atre back on the map.

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