7 Jul 2016

Hamilton theatre strengthening to cost millions

10:05 am on 7 July 2016

A report into Hamilton's Founders Theatre has confirmed the facility is an earthquake risk and will have to be strengthened if it is to reopen.

Founders Theatre - modern.

Redeveloping the Founders Theatre is estimated to cost $20 million. Photo: Supplied: Hamilton City Council

The 54-year-old theatre was abruptly closed at the beginning of March due to health and safety concerns.

A detailed seismic assessment has found the most critical areas of weakness are the roof over the auditorium and the stage house.

Redeveloping the theatre is estimated to cost about $20 million.

A new one would cost $50 million.