The Charter Theatre and Great Hall at Preston’s Guild Hall are set to reopen.
This comes after The Guild Foundation, funded by Simon Rigby, has appointed GF Preston Ltd to run the venues until a “world class operator” can be secured.
Mr Rigby says he has no interest in running the venues himself, but claims he is ‘determined’ not to leave Preston without the Guild Hall operating.
He said: “Even though I lost £6,000,000 on the Guild Hall I am determined not to leave Preston without the booming Guild Hall it deserves.
“I have no interest in operating the Charter Theatre or Great Hall myself but the talented management that have worked so hard for many years deserve an opportunity to shape the future.
“In due course any registered charity, local good cause or ticket holders who paid cash for shows that are cancelled should be in for good news once we have completed some legal formalities.”
The Guild Hall foundation was formed to support arts and leisure in the city.
Lisa Matthew, a trustee of The Guild Foundation and operations director of GF Preston, is working to secure a operator for the venue.
She said: “We are determined to see the Guild Hall to the next level by putting together a core of staff who understand the importance of the Guild Hall to Preston who will work alongside a world class operator. Thus delivering the best of both worlds for Preston.”
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