19 Jun 2012

Trust moves to save Auckland theatre

6:04 am on 19 June 2012

A trust has been formed to raise the millions of dollars needed to save one of Auckland's grand old theatres, the St James.

The privately-owned theatre on Queen Street was built in 1928 but closed following a fire in 2007.

The chair of the St James Auckland Charitable Trust, SPCA director Bob Kerridge, says it hopes to help restore the theatre to the stature it formerly had.

Mr Kerridge says he also has a family interest in the building as his father, Sir Robert Kerridge, used to own the theatre.