I'm sure most people here will be aware the Cardiff City Council has mooted selling off both St David's Hall and the New Theatre. I posted about this on Facebook this morning, and my post elicited several thoughtful responses, so I'm going to repost it here. And see if the NTW community can do as well. On Facebook I asked that my friends not lynch me: NTW community members should feel free to lynch me any time they feel like it.
"I'm just thinking aloud here, so please don't lynch me: but would it be so bad if St David's Hall was lost as a venue, and say, redeveloped as a conference centre? I love the auditorium, have enjoyed many great shows there - but the building has problems. It's a massive space. It needs to pull in huge audiences. But it's now surrounded by pedestrianised streets, so there's no easy parking, no immediate drop off points for public transport. And internally, it has an auditorium that starts on the first floor, but only one tiny lift. It's really hard going for anyone with mobility problems.
And now of course, Cardiff also has the WMC. Massive multi-storey car park over the road, bus/taxi stop right outside the front door, train stop within five minutes walk. Loads of lifts. Similarly brilliant auditorium, of a similar capacity. Just in an easier to access, and rather more glamorous building. Does Cardiff pull in sufficient audience to support both these buildings? And if not, isn't it better we find another purpose for the weaker building, and let its business go to other venues in Cardiff, hopefully making them healthier?"
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