Peter And Fran Buy Bats Theatre In Wellington.
COOL. GOOD NEWS FOR THE RAPIDLY DYING WELLY THEATER SCENE. THEY HAVE LOST SOOOOOOO MANY ACTORS TO AUCKLAND OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WHICH HAS BEEN GREAT FOR AUCKLAND BUT NOT SO MUCH THE INDEPENDENT THEATER SCENE IN WELLINGTON.
The iconic Wellington BATS Theatre building has been bought by movie moguls Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
The couple purchased 1 Kent Tce, which has been the theatre’s home for 22 years in the Courtenay Pl precinct, and granted the company a long term lease.
The three-storey 1923 building was offered for sale earlier this year by its previous owner, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, for $1.19 million.
Jackson and Walsh plan to refurbish the theatre and enhance the performing space.
“We are extremely fond of BATS and we’re happy to help secure a permanent home for the theatre,” Sir Peter said in a statement tonight.
“Wellington has been good to us and we wanted to give something back.”
WOW, SOME OF THE ‘TIN TIN’ REVIEWS ARE HARSH. LOOKS A LITTLE TOO ROBERT ZEMECKIS ZOMBIE PEOPLE MOTION CAPTURE FOR MY TASTES.