To create a rehearsal room, coffee bar and become an arts centre. to increase the Congress Theatres standing in the Local community and provide an area for local artists to exhibit art work, provide a place for the community to rehearse and create a central point for the Arts in Torfaen.
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History: The Congress Theatre was opened by the Duchess of Kent on the 19th October 1972. It was built as a multipurpose hall and so lacked the facilities of a conventional theatre. Hosting events such as Celebrity lectures, union meetings and local tribunals. In 1974 the entire building was closed to be revamped and modified to incorporate greater facilities to enable a wider range of entertainment it reopened in 1975 as the Congress Theatre with a 306 auditorium capacity, dressing rooms and theatrical lighting. In 1993 the Congress Theatre was threatened with closure by the local Council and a group of theatre enthusiasts formed a committee to take over the running of the Theatre. Thus in April 1993 the Congress Theatre Co. (which is a registered Charity No. 1019104) was formed and that is how it is today. The Theatre doesn‚Äôt produce any of its own work, nor does it pay for a show to be performed, it is only a hired venue . The theatre plays host to many different types of Productions; Local Dance Schools Tribute Bands Choir Concerts Clairvoyants Local Schools Local Authority and Community Council Events Amateur Dramatic Societies Professional Pantomimes Youth Theatre Conferences Training Events The money will be invested in taking over the premises next to the theatre, allowing the expansion and developement of an arts centre. including gallery, coffee shop, rehearsal rooms and a greater presence in the Torfaen area.
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