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It’s hall over, folks.

At 75, and largely re­tired since its last ten­ants left in 2012, the old Marines Hall at Ti­tahi Bay has been wait­ing in limbo so long it’s al­most a won­der the place hasn’t fallen down of its own ac­cord.

It’s cost the coun­cil roughly $200,000 to keep it stand­ing while a de­ci­sion was made, and could well have cost more than a $1 mil­lion to fix struc­tural is­sues.

The hall’s former long-term ten­ant, the Porirua Lit­tle The­atre, should be com­mended for its ef­fort to try to save the place.

There will be a strong emo­tional at­tach­ment there, bound by his­tory, which to them is cer­tainly worth pro­tect­ing at a cost.

But the ma­jor­ity of ratepay­ers will likely feel dif­fer­ently.

The­atre mem­bers have had trou­ble set­tling into a new per­ma­nent home ever since, so the coun­cil should now lessen the pain of los­ing their old one by help­ing them into an­other.

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