21 May 2013

Donations sought to restore Christchurch theatre

7:01 pm on 21 May 2013

The New Zealand International Film Festival has launched a campaign to raise $40,000 to equip a Christchurch theatre to screen movies.

The historic Isaac Theatre Royal was badly damaged by recent earthquakes and a $30 million restoration project is underway.

Film festival director Bill Gosden says Christchurch has needed a large venue for gala screenings for a long time and the theatre's rebuild provides the perfect opportunity.

Mr Gosden says $280,000 is needed to fit out the building and believes $40,000 is a reasonable target for public donations.

He says the film festival trust has several major donors he hopes will contribute.

The Christchurch City Council has also pledged $70,000.