Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Upgrades completed at Gisborne’s Lawson Field Theatre

Upgrades completed at Gisborne’s Lawson Field Theatre
August 16, 2019

The $3.6 million upgrade of the Lawson Field Theatre in Gisborne is now complete and ready for its first public event and official opening concert next month.

The upgrade and earthquake strengthening project was assisted thanks to extensive fundraising efforts by the War Memorial Theatre Trust.

Featuring a modern facade referencing the neighbouring Rose Garden, the upgraded theatre has a number of enhancements that will make it ideal for a wide range of users and events.

The foyer and Rose Room have been beautifully refurbished, alongside the upgraded patio area and landscaping into the Marina Park so the venue can be used for outdoor events.

The theatre has new staging, lighting and a number of safety, convenience and comfort improvements for hirers and patrons.

Local company Currie Construction Ltd started work on the theatre in June last year. Due to the earthquake strengthening required, it has been closed to the public since October 2016.

The theatre opensed its doors for a public event on Tuesday this week, before the official launch hosted by the War Memorial Theatre Trust on 14th September.

Trust Chairwoman Pat Seymour says the launch will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the charitable trusts and individual donors in the community who made the project possible.

She explained "the trust set a target of raising $1.5 million to see the project completed, opened and fitted out with the necessary inclusions for an operative complex that is much more than a theatre," Mrs Seymour says.

"We look forward to the theatre being available to our community once again for public and private bookings."

Gisborne District Council committed $1.1 million to the upgrade with remaining $2.5 million coming from external grants and fundraising.

Image: The architecture of the new entrance is a major feature of the upgraded Lawson Field Theatre. Courtesy Lawson Field Theatre.

Related Articles

18th June 2018 - Gisborne District Council backs Lawson Field Theatre upgrade

8th June 2018 - New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium closed due to earthquake fears

5th March 2017 - Work to start on strengthening Hawke’s Bay Opera House

26th August 2016 - Fund launched to protect New Zealand’s earthquake threatened heritage buildings

7th July 2016 - Report confirms seismic issues with Hamilton’s Founders Theatre

8th January 2015 - Trouble at Gisborne Music Festival leads to 63 arrests

24th August 2013 - $750,000 Lotteries grant for Gisborne’s War Memorial Theatre

8th July 2012 - Sir Ian McKellen raises $354,000 for Christchurch theatre

6th December 2011 - Court Theatre opening a vital step in Christchurch’s recovery


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosures

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business