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Reading's South Street Arts Centre reopens after £800,000 makeover

South Street Arts Centre
Image caption Reading Borough Council said it was delighted South Street Arts Centre underwent a "significant upgrade"

An arts centre which had been threatened with closure has reopened after a £800,000 makeover.

South Street Arts Centre in Reading was awarded £500,000 by Arts Council England and more than £300,000 from Reading Council last year.

The arts centre, which has been shut since June, has been revamped to feature new seating, toilets, dressing rooms and a new purpose-built bar.

Councillor Paul Gittings said he was "delighted" with the transformation.

Image caption More than 8,000 residents signed an online petition when a proposal to close the centre was announced in July 2014

"The council is very proud to have provided and funded the venue for many years, recognising the importance of its offer to the local and regional arts scene.

"Despite our current financial constraints, thanks to the generous extra funding from the Arts Council - which we are very grateful for - we have been able to improve the facilities at this much loved location."

More than 8,000 residents signed an online petition when a proposal to close the centre was announced in July 2014.

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