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Rathmines Theatre gets $3.3million makeover

The performing arts in Lake Macquarie have been given a boost thanks to the completion of the Rathmines Theatre upgrade.

The historic site was given a complete overhaul including an internal fit-out, new bathrooms, new audio-visual equipment, disabled parking, accessibility ramps and landscaping in the $3.3million upgrade.

“The refreshed facility will help to reinvigorate the cultural scene in western Lake Macquarie and will deliver significant economic benefits to the area,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.

“This state-of-the-art facility offers a place for performers to take centre stage and share their talents with the community.”

The site also houses the Rathmines Heritage Centre making it a great place to learn about the abundant history of Rathmines and Lake Macquarie.

The theatre, formerly known as Rathmines Community Hall is located on the former Rathmines RAAF Station and was built in the 1940s and used as a cinema and gymnasium.

Council’s arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley added that the revitalised theatre would provide yet another drawcard for tourists to the region.

“Rathmines Theatre will offer unique programs and exhibitions unlike anything Lake Macquarie has experienced before,” she said.

“This revived venue provides a space for performance artists to be inspired and connect with their audience attracting visitors from across the region to our city to experience something memorable.”

If you are interested in catching a glimpse of the updated theatre, you can book a spot on a small-group walking tour which will take place on Saturday 8 August from 10am.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.