Save the Genesian Theatre
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The Genesian Theatre Company currently operates out of a small, heritage-listed church on Kent Street in the Sydney CBD. They have been performing there for 63 years, and are one of only a few small-scale, affordable and community-minded independent theatre companies left in the area.
The building is owned by the Catholic Church, who have decided to sell it to a developer for $6 million, and will evict the theatre company in November next year.
The theatre has been a source of joy for many people over the years, and has produced theatrical and film greats such as Baz Luhrmann and John Bell (founder of the Bell Shakespeare company).
For the Thirroul-Bulli-Corrimal branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross, the theatre is the source of an annual night out in the form of their outstanding Agatha Christie performances, and it is also a tradition in my family that my grandparents take my sister and I there every year. These traditions build positive relationships within the community, and it would be a tragedy if this had to end.
I'm hoping that if we get enough support, we can convince the Archdiocese of Sydney to reconsider and ultimately preserve this gem for generations to come.
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