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Friday, April 1, 2011

Isaac Theatre Royal survives

Isaac Theatre Royal survives

Last updated 14:59 01/04/2011
Christchurch's historic Isaac Theatre Royal survived the February quake but will be closed until October 31.

"The building, although moderately damaged, has performed extremely well in an event much greater than any strengthening was designed for", general manager Neil Cox said. 

Extensive earthquake strengthening was completed in 1999 to much higher specifications than required at that time.

"The goodwill and support we have received from the wider global entertainment world towards our city, our people and our theatre has been astounding."

Cox said contrary to various rumours, the theatre's ornate painted dome is still intact and located "exactly where it was intended to be".

"There is a lot of work to do, there is no escaping that, but ... for the third time in her history, she will get a reprieve from the wrecker's ball."

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