Glen Street Theatre’s $7 million upgrade approved, Sydney

Glen Street Theatre in Belrose is just 27 years old, but over the next few years, this ‘Gande Dame’ of Sydney theatres will be upgraded and revamped to the tune of $7 million.

Artist's impression of the Glen Street Theatre renovations. Image supplied
Artist’s impression of the Glen Street Theatre renovations. Image supplied

Having had recent development applications approved by Warringah Council, Glen Street Theatre will undergo a foyer refurbishment and landscaping from mid-2014, costing $1.8 million, with a second stage refurbishment set to take place in mid 2015.

“This is more than a renovation – we’re adding a state-of-the-art library, a café and a winebar to create a new centre for the arts on the Northern Beaches,” said Warringah Mayor Michael Regan.

Following in the footsteps of the Sydney Theatre Company, who’s Bar At The End Of The Wharf has proved to be a hot spot for theatre goers since it opened early last year, Glen Street Theatre Director Margot Woodward is hoping this upgrade will allow patrons a more interactive and exciting experience at the venue.

“This is an incredibly exciting development that will create an active cultural space that is unique in Sydney”, said Woodward.

“Our theatrical and musical productions will stay but we expect people visit more often and stay longer – whether it is to sit in the café, use the free Wi-Fi or to read magazines from the library.”

The existing Belrose library will be moved to the Glen Street site, although it is understood that library services will continue during the transition. The popular gym will remain at the Glen Street site and the landscaping upgrade will allow the venue to present more outdoor even

Glen Street Theatre $7 Million Revitalisation

Stage 1 – Mid 2014 – Foyer upgrade and landscaping – $1.8 million

Stage 2 – Mid 2015 – New library, café and offices – $5.5 million

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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