11 Jan 2011

St James theatre on study update

11:52 am on 11 January 2011

St James theatre in Auckland could be in line for an upgrade following a decision by Auckland Council to take a fresh look at performing arts venues in the city.

Mayor Len Brown has commissioned an update of a 2008 study into the city's overall theatre needs.

The St James, a Spanish colonial style theatre built in 1928 has been closed since 2007. It is listed as Category One by the Historic Places Trust.

The study is an update of a 2008 report and is due to be completed by the end of the month.

Mr Brown says it will help identify needs and market demand for performing arts venues in the city over the next 15 years.

He says the council has been approached to support a number of projects including a proposed 600-seat theatre at Wynyard Quarter, a proposed purchase and refurbishment of the Mercury Theatre and potential refurbishment of the St James.