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.

Stephanie Aikins, News Editor, Peninsula Living Magazine

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