The Cairns Civic Theatre will close in late February 2016 for approximately 18 months.
A detailed transition plan is being developed, in collaboration with key users/hirers of the Cairns Civic Theatre, to identify alternative venues for performances during the construction phase.
Coinciding with The Precinct project, Council is currently implementing the Tanks Arts Centre Master Plan which will create a performance space in Tank 3 and reconfigure Tank 5 to increase audience capacity. The master plan includes climate control and improved back of house and technical components, making the venue suitable for a wider range of performing arts. Works will take place during the normal wet-season "shut down" and are due for completion at the end of February 2016.
Council is also looking at a Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Queensland to use the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) while the new theatre is being built.Current users/hirers of the Cairns Civic Theatre have been invited to discuss their future performances with Council so suitable temporary venues can be identified.