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First look at the new revitalised Avoca Beach Theatre

First look at the new revitalised Avoca Beach Theatre

Unveiling five new artist impression renders of the Avoca Beach Theatre

ENTRIES FOR EMAILS OF SUPPORT CLOSE FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER (details below)

To show your support for the new design you can email council at the link below. Please include your name and address in the email. If the button doesn’t work you can email ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au with the subject “PAN-268705 – DA/42661/2012/E – Supported”

We can’t tell you how excited we are to finally show you these five new artist impressions of the revitalised Avoca Beach Theatre that we’ve been working on with Johnson Projects and CKDS Architects.

These artist impressions are different to past images, with changes internally and externally, delivering an exciting cultural hub continuing to serve our community for another 70 years! Internally, the changes mean there will be a smaller number of people in the building as a whole; externally, we have focussed on mirroring the natural elements of Avoca Beach whilst giving a nod to a bygone era of cinema.

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The first image shows Avoca Beach Theatre from Avoca Drive, proudly showcasing our beloved old Theatre – shining in its nostalgic glory.

The second image helps us imagine how it will look as we drive towards the Theatre from Avoca Village.

You know how environmentally conscious we are, and so we’ve carefully designed cross ventilation from bifold doors, a light coloured roof and solar panels. The jewel in the crown of our environmental packager is geothermal heating and cooling which utilises the earth’s stored temperature to heat and cool buildings, reducing energy usage by 70%.  Together these and other features minimise our impact on our country’s resources.

We love our local native plants and the joy they bring to our lives and to the lives of our birdlife. To reduce water usage, we have carefully chosen native plants that need less water and will thrive in our salty air. Our landscaping provides a gentle, everchanging natural environment – a soothing place to sit and enjoy a coffee or wine surrounded by the sight and sounds of nature.

Inspired by Avoca’s famous rock platform and the beautiful trees around Avoca Lake, we have connected with the natural materials of our beautiful area by featuring this same coloured stone in our facade, echoing Norman’s family’s outdoor cinema stone fence and repeating the timbers of the lake in beautiful wood work.

The curved staircase brings to mind the golden age of cinema, a feature through the day that becomes a magical place with golden twinkling lights at night.

We are very excited about the upstairs Piano Bar come cinema, looking across Hunter Park to the sea. When not being used as a cinema, it becomes a vibrant live music space, with music in the round or from the stage, with friendly food service, a bar and the possibility of dancing and more.

You will be already aware how we have been working on making the existing Theatre completely disability accessible. Access to the Arts for All is our mantra! Our the Piano Bar has been carefully designed to be completely disability accessible – from footpath to seat, not a single step!

Under the Piano Bar is our small café where the doors can be thrown open into the garden.  This means, no matter the weather, you can sit and enjoy the outdoors.  The walls are moveable, so the cafe can become part of our 54 seat theatre, giving the gold-class experience of being served a meal to enjoy with your movie.

The ground floor has our very special intimate 32 seat theatre designed and decorated to become a permanent favourite.

Tucked in the very centre of this is our commercial kitchen to serve you simple, fresh food.

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The third image is made as if you are standing at the surf club end of Hunter Park. We have intentionally delineated the Theatre element from the residential units that face the eastern end of Hunter Park and onto Vine Street. External colours, materials and textures have been carefully chosen to complement each other and not compete – allowing each area to have its own personality. Three apartments face Hunter Park with the Penthouse receiving the best views from the light filled veranda, and two units facing Vine Street with views to the sea. Timber screening on the units’ verandahs give privacy to the residential units.

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The fourth image is of the apartments from Vine Street, with the entrance to the units. Once again, it’s repeating the natural surrounds of Avoca Beach in stone and timber, whilst being in keeping with surrounding apartments. Here also is the entrance to the underground basement parking.

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The final image is of the front of the Theatre at night – a magical place making happy memories for another 70 years.

As you know, our DA is fully approved. These changes are modifications to that approved DA and do not affect the approval we already have.

We are over the moon with the modifications, providing two small new cinemas and our Piano Bar come cinema beside our existing Theatre.  Paying homage to the much-loved old Theatre with a nod to the Golden Age of Cinema, whilst drawing in the beautiful natural Avoca Beach elements of timber and stone on the facade, the Theatre will be a beacon of cultural and social interchange, a much-loved part of Central Coast life.

The modifications are currently with council for approval. We hope that you love it as much as we do.

You are such an encouragement to us, such wonderful, supportive friends. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Norman and Beth Hunter and all the Avoca Beach Theatre Team.

To show your support for the new design you can email council at the link below. Please include your name and address in the email. If the button doesn’t work you can email ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au with the subject “PAN-268705 – DA/42661/2012/E – Supported”

Geothermal Heating And Cooling Exchange Testing

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Exchange Testing

It was so exciting to have some revitalisation activity on site the other week. If you were walking past the Theatre, it was impossible to not see the extraordinary piece of machinery in the garden. We had Michael and the team from CWL Group drilling a hole 120 metres into the ground to test the earth and the possibility of installing Geothermal Heating and Cooling Exchange.

The testing process is still happening and then the data CWL Group collects is sent to a company in America to be analysed. Probabilities are high and it would mean we could provide sustainable heating and cooling for the whole building with very little draw on the power supply. And you already know how much we love being sustainable and using renewable resources from what is here.

Beth & Norman

Revitalisation of the Avoca Beach Theatre to Commence in 2022

Revitalisation of the Avoca Beach Theatre to Commence in 2022

Theatre to create happy memories for another 70 years

We are so excited to be able to update you on what is happening with the revitalisation of the Avoca Beach Theatre. I know many of you have been waiting for this day and we’re happy to announce that the revitalisation will start this year.

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We are so excited to be able to update you on what is happening with the revitalisation of the Avoca Beach Theatre. I know many of you have been waiting for this day and we’re happy to announce that the revitalisation will start this year.

Since Norman’s Dad and Uncle began the Theatre up on the hill in 1948, it has undergone many changes, each holding so many wonderful memories of good times together—whether it be the moving of the outdoor pan toilets into the foyer, or the creation of Talkies Café, or the laying of the hugely long shag carpet in the foyer. Each holds a swag of fun memories suspended in time.

The beloved Theatre has been changing and evolving ever since its inception, and we are statice to revitalise the Theatre and bring it into its new evolution in 2022.

We were invited to participate in the making of a film about the Theatre, its history, its role in the community, and where it is going from here. The result is a lovely 20-minute film that we have already shown, to much applause, at several screenings. If you would like to see it at home, you can access it from this website.

I know you are excited too about the revitalisation of the Theatre, as each and every day I have someone asking me, “When are you going to start?” The answer is – right now! On Monday February 28, we are having bores drilled around the block. And I have to say I am pumped about this! For over 15 years, we have wanted to install Geothermal Heating and Cooling Exchange – it is so clever – providing sustainable heating and cooling for the whole building with very little draw on the power supply. Essentially, the Geothermal system works by drilling a collection of 120 metre bore holes into the ground and utilising the constant temperatures in the Earth to cool or heat the building – a vastly efficient means of providing year-round comfort for you our patrons and very energy efficient. This groundwork lays the foundation of the building and of our own sustainability philosophy of using renewable resources from what is here.

We have partnered with Johnson Projects for the revitalisation of the Theatre. Johnson Projects Managing Director, Braden Johnson, is as excited as we are and is determined to give the community the very best.

Braden recently said: “I have been chatting with Beth and Norman for several years and it’s wonderful to be part of such an important and iconic revitalisation. I grew up and live not too far from here and have spent many memorable times at the Theatre with my family. I think that is what makes this place so special. It has created so many memories for so many generations, and this revitalisation will ensure it creates many more.”

You may have noticed that works based on our Approval and on Complying Development Certificates have begun. To give the very best result, we will be making some changes to the already approved plans, changes for an even better community and cultural spaces.

The basic plan of the revitalisation is, of course, to keep the much-loved existing Theatre as it is, and we’re keeping the garden area too. Beside the old Theatre we will add smaller Theatres that can be transformed into function rooms, live venues, and stages. We’re including a commercial kitchen, a café, piano room, and behind the Theatre fronting Vine Street, there will be five beautiful apartments.

We have had so much input from a lot of different people about the aesthetic appeal from outside and are looking forward to showing these drawings to you in coming weeks. Keep an eye out for an invitation to a morning tea where you can see all the latest plans.

We are so glad to be doing this journey with you, and we want to keep you up to date with everything. We will be doing this through the revitalisation page on the Avoca Beach Theatre website or visiting www.makinghappymemories.com.au , via Facebook, LinkedIn, our newsletter, and of course for the Theatre.

You are such encouragers and wonderful, supportive friends. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Norman and Beth Hunter

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If you have any questions about the Avoca Beach Theatre revitalisation, please email revitalisation@avocatheatre.com.au or use the form below.