Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery

More than half a million dollars to build Alexandra’s newest theatre was money well spent, those behind the venture said this week as they prepared to open the venue for its first public viewing.

"The multipurpose theatre would open for business with a feature film, A Whole Lotta Sole, this Saturday, and backers of the project were thrilæ led the theatre was finally completed, Central Cinema chairwoman Karin Bowen said".

"The $650,000 theatre was a valuable asset for the community and would allow a variety of activities and ventures to take place, Mrs Bowen said".

Central Cinema — which raised $160,000 for digital and specialist equipment for it — would be one of the main users of the theatre, which would also be used for peræ formances, lectures, workæ shops and classroom use. The 40æseat tiered theatre, situæ ated at the rear of the Central Stories Museum and Art Galæ lery complex in Alexandra, would also be available for private hire. 

The chairman of the Cenæ tral Cultural Centre Trust, which owns the Central Stories building, Bert Kemp, said it was ‘‘wonderful’’ to see the theatre finally open for business, the key having been handed over by the main contractor, Amalgamated Builders Ltd, last week.   As well as the theatre, the development includes an extra art gallery, ancillary rooms and toilets, all of which can be accessed through the Central Stories complex.

An official opening for the cinema will be held on April 5.