A behind-the-scenes look at renewed Pioneer Theatre & Function Room

Published on 05 February 2018

Mayor Byrne at the site of the new Pioneer Theatre at Castle Grand.jpg

First behind-the-scenes look at the soon-to-be renewed Pioneer Theatre and Function Room

The Hills Shire Council has today provided a glimpse of the construction upgrades being made to create the Pioneer Theatre and Function Room.

The $1.9 million upgrade includes major works which will transform the user experience in the much-loved venue, which is set to reopen in the second half of 2018.

The major works include:

  • Installation of a new retractable tiered seating
  • Providing new loose seating to be used during theatre productions
  • Providing removable stage modules
  • Installing new curtains and drapes for the stage area
  • Installing new audio and visual equipment
  • Refurbishment of the change rooms and foyer area
  • Construction of a new box office and alterations to the customer service area

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the transformation of the Pioneer Room into a theatre within Castle Grand was an incredibly exciting project.

“The Pioneer Theatre will be a fantastic facility,” Mayor Byrne said. 

“Council decided to modify the venue to create an ideal community performing arts space.

“We have a number of great independent theatre companies here in Sydney producing high-quality entertainment. Some of these companies are lucky to have a home base at a small theatre, but many independent companies have described a lack of venues that can be rented for a theatre production season.

“To support the performing arts industry and bring quality performances to our Shire, Council decided to improve the Pioneer Room to seat between 250-350 people in a theatre format. It can also be hired out during theatre seasons to independent theatre groups, as well as provide a new entertainment facility where top-quality entertainment can be viewed.

“More importantly, when audience members take to their seats later this year, they will notice a refresh in the auditorium and surrounding rooms, which will ultimately transform the experience for artists and audience members alike, allowing theatre groups to push creative artistic boundaries in entirely new ways.

“The new theatre will add another entertainment option for people enjoying a great night out in The Hills. I look forward to being able to have dinner at one of our great cafes and restaurants followed by a show at the Pioneer Theatre,” Mayor Byrne added.