In 2015, Century took a leap of faith and committed to buying the Victoria Theatre in Newcastle.
The Century Management team knew that if they didn’t act quickly, another Australian theatre could be lost forever. Century committed to purchasing the building in November 2015 and settled in February 2016. Century plans to reopen the theatre as a working heritage theatre but this cannot happen over night.
Currently, there is over 70 tons of loose waste in the building and a 1960’s retail installation has been imposed on top of the heritage fabric. A detailed project plan is being formulated with experts including heritage architects. The first stage is to get the theatre safe and cleared of debris.
Century is keen to involve the community in its plans for the Victoria's future. The management team has visited Newcastle several times to speak with interest groups and hold a community ideas session. That interaction will continue. Century would like to thank the advocacy group Revive The Vic for their passion and commitment in bringing attention to the Victoria and canvassing its great potential.