Revamped opera house closes in bid to cut costs
CORK Opera House is to close for three months as part of a cost-cutting survival plan, just one year after a €2m revamp was unveiled by President Mary McAleese.
Every single seat in the historic auditorium was ripped out as part of the facelift in May of last year.
A new carpet and 1,000 new seats were installed, acoustics were improved with the elimination of the centre aisle and the theatre's bars and foyers were revamped.
The official re-opening of the new opera house took place on June 10, 2009.
The upgrading of the opera house was funded through capital grants from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism, Cork City Council and fundraising.
However, the board of the theatre met with staff last Friday to inform them that the facility will close on July 4 until September 29 as part of series of vital cost-cutting measures.
The facility will be closed with the exception of two Daniel O'Donnell concerts in July and an 'Apres Match' performance in the same month.
The closure is attributed to the economic downturn, with the theatre recording a €300,000 loss for the year ending March 2010.
The board has also warned the 31 staff of wage cuts and redundancies if it is to survive as a viable business.