THERE was cause for celebration in Lithgow on Saturday when the new look Union Theatre was officially opened.
The iconic structure has been returned to its former glory with NSW Government funding of more than $775,000 contributing to the building’s remarkable makeover.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, Mayor Ray Thompson, Member for Calare Andrew Gee and Aunty Helen Riley took centre stage for the event which featured a moving and powerful performance by Dyirri Dyirri and Buba Dyang, courtesy of Aunty Kym Cama and Cooerwull Public School.
It was back in June 2018 that Mr Toole announced funding from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund for the Union Theatre upgrade.
At the time Mr Toole said the funding would help breathe new life into the Union Theatre which he described as a much-loved part of the fabric of life in the city.
On Saturday Mr Toole said he was amazed at the transformation of this iconic structure.
“You just don’t see buildings like this any more,” he said.
“Even looking up at the ceiling to see the complex timber work makes you think about the skill and effort that went into building the Union Theatre (Circa 1891 and National Trust classified) all those years ago.”
The Union Theatre upgrade included enhancing the back-of-house facilities, upgrading audio and lighting equipment, new lifts, staging, curtains and dress room facilities.