Future of Felixstowe theatre to be reviewed

Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe The Spa Pavilion Theatre hosts about 130 shows a year

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The future of the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe is to be looked at by councillors.

A consultant will be brought in to consider options for the 905-seat venue, if the plan is backed by Suffolk Coastal District Council next week.

A council report says the number of people attending shows dropped from 47,644 in 2007 to 35,662 in 2009.

The firm which runs the venue for the council has made a loss over the past two years, says the report.

Mary Neale, the council's cabinet member for leisure, said in the report that a consultant should look at whether the theatre met the needs of local people.

They should also look at whether there should be a private/public partnership to redevelop the site or a partnership with the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.

She said another option was to combine the theatre with a local academy school or leave it as it is.

The report, which goes before the council's cabinet on Tuesday, asks the council to spend £40,000 to hire in a consultant to look at the theatre's future.

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