Dorset

Weymouth Pavilion Theatre saved after funding reversal

Weymouth Pavilion
Image caption The pavilion hosts a music venue, function rooms, cafe and theatre at the end of Weymouth beach

A council-run theatre in Dorset has been saved from closure after a funding cut was reversed by councillors.

Weymouth Pavilion has been given £60,000 back by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Councillor Andy Blackwood said: "We've got a green light to carry on and run the pavilion and have it open when the Olympics is on."

The theatre was expected to shut before the Games after the council voted against additional funds in December.

The complex, which sits in a prominent position at the end of Weymouth beach, will be used as a tourist information centre and the non-accredited media centre for the Olympic Sailing in July and August.

"I'm feeling very relieved, we've got to get the cuts working and prove we can run the complex on the reduced figures," Mr Blackwood added.

Plans to spend £135m developing the whole area that included a hotel, refurbished theatre, marina berths, and new flats were shelved in 2009.

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