Parramatta Riverside Theatres
Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres is set to receive a renovation in the tens of millions of dollars. This will be funded through the sale of the Parramatta Riverbank carpark site (known to locals as the ‘old David Jones’ car park) to the NSW Government for the Museum of Applied Arts & Science (MAAS). The much-loved but aged theatres will be an important part of the revitalised arts and culture precinct in Parramatta.
Nestled at the end of the Church Street restaurant precinct, Parramatta Riverside Theatres is well-located and will complement the Powerhouse Precinct once it opens. More than 2200 performances and events take place each year but a revitalised theatre with new facilities and better visitor experience will draw bigger productions and even more people to the cultural precinct.
Parramatta Riverside Theatres redevelopment plans
Riverside Theatres’ legacy will be protected.
City of Parramatta Council together with Riverside Theatres is working with Create NSW, the NSW Government’s arts and culture driver, to prepare a business case to explore options and make recommendations for the upgrade. The business case will be completed in 2019.
Once complete, the cultural precinct could bring up to one million visitors a year to Parramatta, stimulating the local economy and jobs growth. It’s forecasted to add between $106 million and $422 million to Parramatta’s economy.