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Fire-hit theatre criticises council over access delay

3 May 2018

MANAGEMENT AT the Pavilion Theatre (cap. 1,449) in Glasgow have criticised the city council for denying them access to the building, fearing the venue is at risk of falling into disrepair.

The theatre has been closed for more than a month after a fire ripped through a nearby nightclub on 22 March (see LIVE UK issue 219).

A number of surrounding buildings have been deemed unsafe and are in the process of being pulled down, with managers at the Pavilion unable to enter the property.

“We are not going to allow the Pavilion to get into a state of disrepair,” says a statement issued to LIVE UK by the theatre’s management. “We have spent so many years bringing this up to what is one of the best kept theatres in Glasgow.

“It is currently irresponsible to just allow it to be left to potentially rot away as who knows what damage has happened inside.”

So far eight shows have been cancelled following the fire and a further 12 rescheduled.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council says, “The theatre stands a few feet away from a building that has been gutted by fire and is on the verge of collapse.

“Expert contractors are currently taking down parts of the structure brick-by-brick – one of the reasons for this painstaking approach is to protect surrounding buildings and the theatre.

“As soon as it is safe to enter, we will share that information with those involved.”

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