Re the article “ Refurb advocated: Decision time for Entertainment Centre” (Leader, February 21).
The entire Eton Street site will be demolished and redeveloped with high-rise and the council knows it and will not admit it.
The so-called Entertainment Centre, just like the previous cavern in the city, NEEDS to be demolished!
It's an abomination! It has so many problems! The seating is awful! The stage and presentation system are awful! The architecture is ugly!
Refurbishment will never fix the problems because a proper theatre is all about the seating and stage layout.
So many decent theatres in Sydney have been demolished and not replaced or left abandoned or bastardized!
There was one in Boyle Street many years ago.
How about giving Sydney a decent venue with more than one theatre, which could be used by both the arts and business like the ICC in the city. It would easily recoup its money.
I agree with the feasibility study recommendation that the Sutherland Entertainment Centre should not be demolished.
A refurbishment should focus on major alterations of the ground floor and entrance area which feels very cramped, uninviting and old fashioned.
However the large auditorium has aged very well and is a credit to the architect, Milo Dunphy.
The wooden paneling is as attractive now as it was when the building was opened in the mid 70’s.
This pleasant space is not past its use by date.
Suggestion: when refurbishing, perhaps seats upstairs with enough room so that anyone over 5ft can sit without their knees up near their chins!
Ann Harley Loosley
Either way, doing nothing isn’t an option.