Theater Royal owners Felicity Cripps and Tim Heath delighted with future of theaters | Bendigo Advertiser

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After keeping itself afloat with takeaway pizzas, the Theater Royal boasts an agenda jam-packed with films and music. Co-owners Felicity Cripps and Tim Heath are delighted to see the Music and Film Hall – which is the oldest operating theater in mainland Australia – returning to full capacity. Ms Cripps said with so many events in May and beyond, staffing levels meant they had been forced to temporarily close the pizzeria aspect of the business. Read more: Groovin the Moo organizers delighted with Bendigo’s return “Basically there are no meals as such, but we continue to do bar snacks.” it’s getting back to what makes our job – providing an artistic and cultural centre.” “The cinema program will be of great importance. wider offer now and more screening time. “We are also really trying to develop a bar offering so that people always see the Theater Royal as a place to come and have a drink, whether they are attending a show or not. It is important that the building is accessible to everyone. ” Mr Cripps said that for the past two years the Theater Royal had effectively operated as a takeaway pizzeria to help it survive. “Pizza was our lifeline,” she said. “If we were in the Melbourne CBD we would not have survived. The community support we have was unwavering. “We feel very supported and grateful to the community who have kept us going and proud of us in able to change the business during COVID. “More and more members have joined the Loyal Royal program and still wanted to sign up even though we were only doing pizza to go. Now they can reap the rewards of the events we have coming up.” Read more: Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron steps down and ushers in a new era Musicians like Thelma Plum, Ross Wilson, Mia Dyson, Tim Rogers and Paul Dempsey all have performances scheduled at the Theater Royal. Ms Cripps said the hectic schedule, combined with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, made the venue feel like it had turned a corner. “It’s been a breath of fresh air and a huge relief,” she said. “Last Saturday when the restrictions were lifted – not having to check vaccination certificates and not having to wear masks – that was a turning point. Like so many other places, we employed someone just to checking vaccinations and controlling crowds, which is a huge expense.” For more information on events and shows at the Theater Royal, visit Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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