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Montreal Theatre refresh

The historic Montreal Theatre is in the midst of a revamp.

THE refurbishment of the Montreal Theatre is nearing completion, with only two projects left to tick off the list of major renovations.

Funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund for merged councils and community fundraising initiatives, the Montreal Theatre received $380,000 in 2017 to complete the essential upgrades which are due to be finished by the end of September.

Much of the revamp has already been successfully completed, namely the major refurbishment of the roof and electrical wiring, and the upgrade of the theatre’s sound and lighting equipment.

The painting of the building’s exterior is currently underway, and still to come is the improvement of disability access from the side of the building and the total demolition and rebuild of the toilet block at the rear of the theatre.

Montreal Committee president Hugh Packard said that the design for the new toilet block has been approved, and that the committee is waiting for detail specifications before seeking a contractor.

While the committee cannot publicly reveal how much has already been spent, Mr Packard said they are confident they will be able to complete the remainder of the upgrade within budget.

“We are comfortable that we have sufficient funds left to complete the toilet block project, and this should be well underway before June this year,” he said.

“Overall, we’re very excited and have been absolutely delighted with what has been done so far. The building is looking the best it has since it was new, and once the toilet block has been redone, it will be the best it has ever been.”

The full upgrade of the theatre has a completion deadline of September 30 this year.