Pam Halliburton, Neil Smith, Steph Cooke and two other people smile at the camera in front of the Athenium Theatre.

The Junee community has enjoyed the reopening of the Athenium Theatre, following extensive upgrades.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke officially opened the improvements which include a new commercial kitchen, storage, outdoor function space and new air conditioning.

Three grants from the NSW Government have helped reinvigorate the Athenium:

  • $421,400 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund
  • $626,130 from the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund
  • $48,800 from the Regional Cultural Fund.

Ms Cooke said the theatre was a drawcard for the Junee region.

“The Athenium is an intrinsic part of the Junee landscape and a link to the beauty of the past. Now with these improvements it can be enjoyed well in to the future, hosting even more events,” Ms Cooke said.

“This reopening has enabled the entire community to share in this stunning space, enjoying the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, the street party and live entertainment.”

“The Athenium is a shining example of the NSW Government’s commitment to strengthening our rural communities by enhancing spaces where people can come together to enjoy themselves.”

Junee Shire Council General Manager James Davis said more events would be drawn to the upgraded Athenium Theatre.

“The upgrades to the Athenium Theatre significantly improve the buildings amenity and capability to cater for large events,” Mr Davis said.

“In addition, the upgrades place Junee in a strong position to attract new events to Junee and to host large events of regional significance attracting visitors from far and wide.”

“Events such as these have the undeniable effect of boosting tourism and encouraging economic activity.”