Reopening date for Lighthouse, Poole

Reopening date for Lighthouse, Poole

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 19th July 2020. (Updated at 7:56am 19th July 2020)

A date's been set for Lighthouse, Poole's centre for the arts to reopen.

Only the cinema, Beacon Café, ticket office and some behind-closed-doors rehearsals, courses and classes will be able to reopen from Tuesday 15th September.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is also expected to resume some rehearsals in the Concert Hall.

Lighthouse Chief Executive Elspeth McBain said:

"We're thrilled and delighted to be able to welcome back even a few of our regular users to this wonderful building that we have all missed so much,"

 "Lighthouse has been in hibernation since March, but our small team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to be ready for this happy day when we can open our doors again and get the lights back on.

"This is just the first step and it feels like a giant leap forward."  

Weymouth Pavilion lights

This month Lighthouse received an emergency grant of £255,038 from Arts Council England that will keep the business afloat until the autumn but continues to await details of how the government's £1.57 billion rescue package for arts and culture will apply. 

Elspeth added:

"We have made our building COVID-secure and will have to operate things quite differently for now, but this first phase of reopening is a landmark moment," 

Lighthouse plans to publish an interim programme of work for the autumn within the next few weeks and a decision about pantomime will follow soon after.