St James

PHOTO: St James theatre in Auckland

Auckland Central MP Chloe Swarbrick has released a new video of the interior of the vandalised St James Theatre.

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The video by Auckland Central MP Chloe Swarbrick showed fungi growing on damp floors at the St James theatre in Auckland. Photo: Kethaki Masilamani

The heritage theatre has been closed since 2007 and had been mothballed until a spate of recent break-ins.

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Building owner Steve Bielby said thieves and vandals had ‘gutted’ the once historic site.

The video showed fungi growing on damp floors, damaged electrical fittings and roof.

Swarbrick wrote an open letter calling for the government to match the Auckland Council’s $15million commitment to restoring the building.

She said the decision can’t be kicked down the road any more.

In the letter, Swarbrick said the recent break-ins and damage had exposed the building to weather and rain, and accumulated foundation-eroding dampness.

She said revival of the theatre secured Queen Streets’ status as a buzzing destination and provided space and place to Auckland’s creative community.


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