It's been a long six months but on 2 October the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre will reopen to the public.
During the six-month COVID closure, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre staff have taken the opportunity to give the centre a major revamp, with work being undertaken on the foyer, bar and auditorium.
Bundaberg Regional Council arts and culture portfolio spokesperson, Cr John Learmonth, said he was looking forward to seeing audiences come through the door.
“It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen audiences in the venue,” he said.
“This is wonderful news for our arts landscape and I am delighted the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre is reopening.
“The show will go on with live music events about to begin again, the Travelling Film Festival coming to town and the COVID-safe plans are all in place. The Moncrieff is back!”
A fresh new look
Patrons coming through the doors at the Moncrieff may notice a number of new changes, most notably in the auditorium.
Centre manager Rod Ainsworth said the COVID closure provided ample time to complete improvements.
“We had a bunch of projects which were planned throughout the year, so we pushed them all together,” he said.
“We’ve upgraded all the front of house, food and beverage service areas and the auditorium and the ticketing system and the point of sale systems have been upgraded too. We’ve done as much as a we possibly can in this time.”
Rod said the auditorium has been designed to improve the sound quality for live performances.
“The auditorium will look incredibly different,” he said.
“It’s more of a variable acoustic, so we can have great acoustics for cinema and for amplified events and then we can automatically pull the curtains up and get a great live sound for orchestras, live theatre and other non-amplified events. It allows for the best of both worlds.”
The Moncrieff Auditorium House Lights upgrade was funded in part by the COVID Works for Queensland program
Revised program launched
The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has also rebooted its official program, with the release of the new Resprung booklet just in time for the reopening.
Resprung highlights the feast of exclusive events coming to the region along with a variety of holiday events.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of cinema events starting with a free movie for the kids on 2 October,” Rod said.
“We’ve also got the travelling film festival and it’s fantastic that we’ve got that as we smashed records last year and it’s immensely popular.”
“Then there’s also a couple of live events that are happening such as Mzaza with their show The Birth and Death of Stars. Mzaza are a fantastic folk band out of Ipswich.”
Looking to the future
Once the theatre has reopened, Rod and the team are faced with imagining what the future might look like, but plans are already being made for 2021.
“We’re already looking at putting together a great program for 2021 which includes all the things that we postponed this year and turn next year into a cracker,” he said.
“We’re also beginning to program 2022.
“We are proud to be able to open and to offer our patrons a brand-new feel and it's our pleasure to continue to add to the cultural, social and economic fabric of our community.”
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