Theatres Trust praises Edinburgh Council's support for Leith Theatre
The news that Edinburgh City Council have awarded £1m in their latest budget towards Theatre at Risk Leith Theatre is a fantastic endorsement of the hard work of Leith Theatre Trust and their ambition to fully restore and reopen this important Category B listed building.
Built for the people of Leith ‘as a gift from the people of Edinburgh’ the theatre is the second most at risk Scottish venue on our 2018 Theatres at Risk Register, launched in January. The Theatres Trust believes that sustained local authority support of a campaign group is a key factor in its success. Edinburgh City Council have already been very supportive of Leith Theatre Trust through granting them a five-year lease on the building, with an agreement in principle for a further 30-year lease at the end of the five-year term. The proposed funding for the project is both a significant contribution towards the capital works proposals and further proof of the council’s support and recognition of the opportunity a restored Leith Theatre will bring.
The proposed £1m capital support, which is part of a welcome wider investment in cultural buildings in Edinburgh including a proposed £4m to undertake much needed improvements to the Kings Theatre, is a chance for Edinburgh City Council to reflect best practice, bolster the hard work of the local community group fighting to save this theatre, and have substantial and meaningful impact on the building’s return to its community.
Find out more about Theatre at Risk Leith Theatre.