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Tuesday22 July 2014

The Oldham Coliseum reopens after Levitt Bernstein refurbishment

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The theatre dates back to 1885.

Levitt Bernstein has completed the refurbishment of the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

The theatre itself dates back to 1885, while much of the current building dates from the 1930s and 1970s.

Levitt Bernstein was hired to modernise the theatre, which began by stripping the theatre back to its shell. It has been fully redecorated, with a new heating and ventilation system installed, as well as new seating with improved leg-room. Levitt Bernstein’s design for the front of house box office and bar takes inspiration from the 1930s, as a reminder of the Coliseum’s revival by the Oldham Repertory Theatre in 1939.

Mark Lewis, associate director of Levitt Bernstein said: “It’s been wonderful to work with a creative organisation like the Coliseum Theatre and to hear that the recent improvements have been so warmly received by the theatre’s audience and Oldham Council.”

David Martin, executive director of the Oldham Coliseum, added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Levitt Bernstein on the recently completed renovation of the Coliseum.  Their design work has greatly improved the ambience of the building and has made the theatre a far more attractive place to visit. We are particularly pleased with the redesign of the auditorium, which is now far more comfortable and better reflects the theatre’s Victorian heritage”.

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