WORK on the heritage-listed Saraton Theatre is taking longer than first thought with a finishing date now pushed back to June.
WORK on the heritage-listed Saraton Theatre is taking longer than first thought with a finishing date now pushed back to June. Terry Deefholts

Saraton Theatre to open for a day

PEOPLE will get the chance to go on a grand tour through the Saraton Theatre in April to get a feel for the multi-million dollar complex during heritage week.

Part-owner Spiro Notaras said the family shared the community’s impatience in the lead-up to the opening.

“The family is doing everything in its power to get the theatre open as soon as possible because we understand the frustration that people are feeling,” he said.

With construction coming to a three week stop over Christmas and no date confirmed for the arrival of the digital equipment, Mr Notaras said it was hard to pinpoint an opening date but assures everyone the open day will go ahead regardless.

“Everyone around the world is going crazy mad for the new digital equipment and we still have to get a commitment out of them for a delivery date,” Mr Notaras said.

“We are working on opening around Easter and hopefully the equipment will become available by then.”

The main cinema, which will host live shows in the future, is well advanced with only stadium flooring, installation of airconditioning and paint detail left to be completed.

“It’s costing more money than originally anticipated and it’s a bigger job than a lot of people think,” Mr Notaras said.

While the delay in equipment has the family frustrated, the issue of the controversial bus stop is one step closer to resolution.

Mayor Richie Williamson told The Daily Examiner the bus stop in front of the Saraton Theatre will be moved.

“Council has resolved the bus stop in Prince Street will be removed and negotiations between the Roads and Traffic Authority, council and Busways are continuing, and we are certain the outstanding issues will be resolved,” he said.

“The bus stop will be moved and council staff are working on it as quickly as we can to resolve the situation.

“We are not working to anyone’s time line but it is most certainly a priority on our list.”

The opening day will be well worth the wait, with the public able to view the latest movies and get a glimpse of the theatre’s museum that will display cinema equipment dating back to 1925.

The family is doing everything in its power to get the theatre open as soon as possible.



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