A CHORLEY theatre is set to become a hub for live theatre and shows following a major £100,000 revamp.
Vital work done inside and outside the 100-year-old Chorley Little Theatre will ensure its future for years to come – and already 29 shows in 47 nights are booked for 2011, with more being planned.
Now Councillor Peter Goldsworthy, Chorley Council leader, is urging people to support the Theatre, run entirely by volunteers, by booking seats for the shows.
“Chorley Little Theatre is an excellent facility which puts on some fantastic shows. It is run by an extremely dedicated band of volunteers and relies on people attending the shows and performances for its funds.
“The work that has been done here recently has created an even better venue so they can put on an even greater range of events to accommodate all tastes. I would urge everyone to support our own theatre and come along to the shows – if you’ve never been before you won’t be disappointed.
“The Theatre is a real asset to the town and I wish it every success for the future.”
Chorley Little Theatre, home to Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (Cados) and Chorley Empire Community Cinema, was forced to close its doors for three months when it was found a long term undiscovered leak had rotted a main girder supporting the roof.
Chairman Ian Robinson said: “We spent 10 years saving money to have the outside repainted but when they went up on the roof they found a leak that had rotted a girder. So we took the opportunity to get the work done that we wanted doing.
“We have extended the bar, created new dressing rooms and created a badly needed rehearsal room, which means we can get put on more shows even when Cados are rehearsing.”
The 100-year-old Theatre has now become a landmark in the town after the outside was repainted and new signage put up – courtesy of Chorley company Poppy Signs. Company managing director Dave McDonald donated the huge brand new sign which adorns the front of the building and a smaller one for the side.
He said: “I was happy to help when I found out it was for the Theatre. I’ve lived in Chorley all my life and so have the lads in the workshop. The theatre is an asset to the town.”
The logo was designed by Ian and it took two to three staff from Poppy Signs’ Cottam Street workshop a total of a day and half to make it, then most of a day to put it up on the front of the building.
Dave said: “It’s a very good logo, skilfully designed and really well balanced. We fitted it in between other work and we are delighted with how it looks on the building.”
Poppy Signs was started by Dave five years ago in Leyland and moved to Chorley a couple of years ago taking on four local people, with plans to recruit further next year following a £100,000 investment in new plant and machinery.
The company, named after Dave’s daughter Poppy, is now one of the biggest sign companies in Lancashire specialising in individual graphics, shop and retail signs and is the largest vehicle wrapping company in the county.
Chorley Little Theatre would like to stress that we're grateful for the support of companies like Poppy Signs and of the Council - but receive no Council or Government funding. Our survival depends on ticket sales -so please come to our shows!