Landmark re-launch for historic Stockton venue
Stockton's much-loved Georgian Theatre re-launched itself on the Teesside cultural scene in style.
First up was a Quadrophenia Night on Friday, swiftly followed by a throwback to the early 90s in the shape of Ian Prowse and his band, Pele, on Saturday.
It was a landmark moment for Tees Music Alliance (TMA), the charity which has run the venue for nearly 25 years.
TMA Chief Executive, Paul Burns, said: "These are exciting times! Our increased capacity of 300 has an impact on the stature and quality of artists we can programme. More audience space means more ticket sales, which results in us being able to afford higher profile artists.
"In the coming months we've got the likes of Shed Seven, Alabama 3, The Wonder Stuff, Vin Garbutt, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and The Urban Voodoo Machine. We're also back as a key player for Easter's Stockton Calling music festival. Come down and have a look!"
The new look venue was also a hit with concert goers.
"I'm always dubious about modern additions to old buildings, but I think The Georgian Theatre have done it just right" (Jennifer Wilson, Darlington)
"Stunning. A really good move." (Katrieona, Stockton)
"Amazing and contemporary. It's taken the venue to the next level." (Matt, Stockton)
"Nice bar. Good choice of beers." (Craig, Norton)
"Gorgeous, exactly what Stockton needs. Alongside the other pubs it's created a great night out. " (Mary, Hartburn)
As part of the refurbishment the Georgian Theatre was expanded into the neighbouring former Courtyard Hotel building.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council allocated £414,000 funding through Stockton's Grants for Heritage Buildings scheme, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.