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Victoria Theatre restoration a step closer to fruition


Site preparations are starting at the oldest theatre in NSW, Newcastle’s Victoria Theatre. 

The unveiling of an impressive hoarding across the building’s façade featuring an artistic impression of the restored historic building is expected within weeks. 

Preparations also include further waste removal, the establishment of a site office and the finalising of the construction certificate.  

The historic facade will soon see cleaning and repairs completed.  

Construction works at the Victoria Theatre will officially begin in June 2024. 

artists’ impression of Newcastle’s Victoria Theatre

The project is supported by the NSW Government through a $4 million contribution from the Creative Capital program and a $121,000 grant from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.  

Next, Century Trust will match the NSW Government funding commitment and oversee the management of this important renewal project. 

“I am delighted we are taking these first big steps to get this daring cultural infrastructure project underway,” said Victoria Theatre and Executive Director at Century Venues Greg Khoury.

“It has been hugely challenging to secure the approvals and get funding in place, and there is much more to be done. 

“From the moment we acquired the Victoria Theatre in 2016, we committed to returning it to a live performance venue, its original intended purpose, and the best possible heritage outcome. We will never waiver from that. 

“We recently welcomed Minister for the Arts and Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham, who visited the site.  

“We are very grateful for the NSW Government funding and together we look forward to delivering a revived Victoria Theatre and much-needed cultural infrastructure to the people of the Hunter.” 

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham, and NSW MLA for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, visiting the site.

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