The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre is a Grade 2 listed building. Built in 1904 as a library and lecture hall it has a long history and has been reinvented over the years as a cinema, theatre and arts centre and maintained as a much-loved community venue.
Three years ago, Allerdale Borough Council agreed to transfer management of the theatre and arts centre to the Carnegie Theatre Trust, a registered charity which was specifically formed for the purpose.
As a trust, in the last 3 years we have been able to invest over £200,000 in refurbishments and improvements to ensure the theatre and arts centre is able to continue to be an asset to the town and region but there is more we need to do to ensure that the building is preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
We are therefore introducing a £1 per ticket Restoration Levy on all ticket purchases from 1 September. This fund will be ring fenced and used to maintain, improve and enhance the venue for both the public and for visiting companies and hirers. We will report regularly and publicly on how we are using this fund within the building, on our website and through our social media channels.
Thank you all for your continued support for our work.