Civic restoration starts

The much anticipated and highly valued Scone Civic Theatre will be restored to its former glory in coming years as a major refurbishment is set to begin towards the end of the year or early 2016.

Scone’s Civic Theatre in its earlier days. Many of the traditional elements of the original theatre will be restored and polished keeping with its heritage value throughout the refurbishment.

Scone’s Civic Theatre in its earlier days. Many of the traditional elements of the original theatre will be restored and polished keeping with its heritage value throughout the refurbishment.

The 1938 state heritage listed masterpiece will be returned to its beautiful architectural design and authenticity with a local builder working to restore the building to as close to the original as possible. 

Being a building that is steeped in the history of the town and originally built by the community with business house owners, landholders and community members sourcing the funds, approximately 14,000 pounds, to establish the film projection centre, the theatre is a gem stone that is precious to the community and the owners. 

It is interesting to note the Gala Opening of the Civic Theatre was on July 27, 1938 and was a charity function in support of the Scott Memorial Hospital.

The theatre is now owned by Minas Coroneo and his family.

The theatre has been in his family’s interests since 1944 when Alex Coroneo was the exhibitor at the Civic Theatre and the lease was taken over by brothers Theo Mena Coroneo and Sam Coroneo.

The Coroneo family view the theatre as a part of Scone’s heritage and an iconic building that they would like the community to benefit from. 

The art deco theatre remains basically unaltered and the plan is to restore it to its original appearance.

The upper floor of the cinema will still have a seating capacity of 283, as well as upgrading the downstairs area which is planned to be used as a multi-functional community space for   conferences, functions, live music events and more. 

The aim is to bring the cinema back to exactly how it was, but with modern conveniences on the inside.

Keep your eye out for further progress updates and a precious chance to take part in the refurbishment in future editions of The Scone Advocate.

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