BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Hall’s opening, and the start of an ambitious redevelopment that aims to secure our historic community venue as a centre for the arts and entertainment, and a social hub for the people of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.
THE COMMEMORATION HALL
A Grade II listed building with a neo-classical frontage and grand-scale foyer under an octagonal skylight – the Hall hosts a variety of theatre productions, music and live events and trade fairs. It also serves as a meeting place for a diverse range of local community groups and is available for corporate and private functions.
In order to bring the building into the 21st century, a flexible facility is needed which will attract visitors, user groups, theatre productions and alike. The redevelopment will modernise the interior and the existing facilities – dressing rooms, lighting and sound, and bar and kitchen areas.
In addition to upgrading the stage and Main Hall, we’re considering extending at the rear, and above and below the existing building, in order to create spaces suitable for cinema, stand-up comedy, studio theatre, functions and meetings – as well as an art gallery and a new café.
We’ll be working with architects and designers, musicians, artists, actors, performance professionals and community users to create a place that everyone can enjoy, and to bring the best of the arts and entertainment to Huntingdon.
GET INVOLVED – OPEN DAY SATURDAY 4TH MARCH 10.30 – 3.30
Drop in for tea and coffee, take a look at the draft plans we have for our much-loved building, and meet the people who’ll be involved in the transformation. It’s important to hear from you – so come and talk to us about the things you’d like the project to deliver.
The founders of the original Hall had a mission to bring creative opportunities to the community, and to nurture the talents of local people. The present trustees share their belief that a thriving cultural centre has the power to transform the lives of people and places, and we aim to re-establish the Hall as part of the artistic, economic and social heart of the town.