The beloved and iconic Roxy Theatre, situated in the Parramatta suburb of Sydney, Australia, has over time become an important cultural landmark to the local population, serving as a hub for the creation of many-a-memory over the years. It has however sat empty now for around four years, though that is set to change as the property’s owner and developer David Kingston recently unveiled his latest plans for the site; plans which would see the restoration of the original fa├žade along with the addition of an extensive and modern 27-storey office block.

According to developer David Kingston, the $96million (AUD) design would “ensure the ongoing economic viability of the Roxy as a social and cultural hub”.

The theatre’s 700-seat auditorium would be retained and restored under the proposed designs, serving as the ‘anchor’ to a five-level entertainment, performance and function centre. According to Mr Kingston, this is a vital aspect of the project and a much needed addition to the local area.

Mr Kingston stated, “As Parramatta continues to grow to become the second major CBD in Sydney, there is clearly a need for a high-quality leisure, entertainment and function facility in Parramatta and Sydney’s western suburbs which are generally under serviced for leisure facilities.”

As for the reasoning behind the four year delay in any plans being announced for the site, Mr Kingston has been holding out since RAA architects said that the Roxy would become the centrepiece of the Civic Link, the council’s proposed connection between the Parramatta Square Civic Centre and the river foreshore. Despite owning The Roxy Theatre since 2002 and thus having plenty of time to formulate his plans, Mr Kingston was awaiting confirmation of the aforementioned Civil Link. Now that has occurred, his ambitious plans can get underway.

One party particularly delighted by the announcement is the Save The Roxy Theatre Group, whose spokeswoman Ms Clare McCann commented, “Congratulations to everyone who has supported the group. Our voices were heard… We will see our heritage carried on via the arts among the new modern city of Parramatta.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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