Weymouth Pavilion stages last show before closing
- 25 May 2013
- From the section Dorset
Weymouth Pavilion has staged its last show before being closed by the borough council.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has agreed to lease the building following a tender process, which is already under way.
It is hoped the building will be taken over and reopened as a theatre.
Cathy Page-Nash, chair of the Friends of Weymouth Pavilion, said: "We feel it must be kept - we cannot lose it, it's the only real venue in the town."
The venue had been under threat of demolition after the council said it had become too expensive to maintain.
A report revealed the building needed more than £3m of maintenance work over the next 10 years to ensure it remained safe.
The Friends launched a fundraising campaign to help support whoever takes over the building.
The tender deadline for interested parties closes on Friday.
The final performance was of the long-running rock 'n' roll variety show That'll Be The Day.
Ms Page-Nash said: "This year it's being doing extremely well as a wedding venue, with wine fests, beer fests. With the popularity of Come Dancing, we've got a dancing group that uses the ballroom every Wednesday.
"To close it at this stage seems stupid - not looking ahead to the future."