New state of the art upgrades to Griffith Regional Theatre have officially been declared open on Friday afternoon. NSW arts minister Don Harwin and Griffith City Council mayor John Dal Broi drew back the curtain of the new plaque dedicated to the $1.3 million rejuvenation of the more than thirty year old building.
The Upgrade and Revitalization project funded the NSW government and Griffith City Council includes new acoustic paneling, toilet block renovations, amphitheater, technical upgrades with lighting and new air conditioning among other improvements.
New mural artwork by Wiradjuri woman Veronica Collins was also unveiled to complement the recently completed amphitheater at the entrance to the theatre.
Minister Harwin took the opportunity to reinforce the NSW government's focus on improving accessibility in regional towns and congratulated the Griffith City Council for its stewardship of the project.
The much needed upgrades have Griffith Regional Theatre manager Raina Savage excited for the future of the theatre.
"Now we actually have facilities up to an international standard so when we get national touring companies like the Australian Opera coming through we've actually got the facilities to have them," Mrs Savage said.
Despite the difficulties of undertaking a monumental construction project during a pandemic, Mrs Savage and her team are excited to open the doors to the theatre again.
"It's been such a difficult year," Mrs Savage said.
"It's been sort of ironic in a way that we've had all these amazing upgrades happen and yet we haven't really been able to have anyone here to enjoy them.
"I am really looking forward to in particular with the outdoor space, to engage the community in a lot more local, accessible events."