Stage set for town hall's future
The former Manly Town Hall may be transformed into a performing arts hub under a proposal supported by local politicians and musicians.
Architecture firm Chrofi, spearheaded by Manly local Joshua Zoeller, has released a concept design of the space as a live music and art venue, complete with rooftop bar.
The proposal includes converting the building into a 350-retractable seat theatre; a permanent 100-seat theatrette; an 80-seat cinema; multipurpose spaces; and community/rehearsal rooms.
There would also be a rooftop bar, and potentially a restaurant or café.
The idea has been supported by local politicians and those in the art sector, including Midnight Oil’s Rob Hurst; Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Warringah MP Zali Steggall; and Manly MP James Griffin.
It has also become a primary policy platform for deputy mayor Candy Bingham’s re-election campaign to Northern Beaches Council.
The next step will see Council commission a building condition report and a heritage evaluation, with this and recent community consultation to inform the project’s next stage.