The New Olympus Theatre in Barton Street is set to get a new lease of life. I couldn’t be happier to write this, as this fabulous old building is certainly deserving of a 21st century makeover.

I’m sure plenty of people are guilty of passing by every day without realising its true beauty and the magnificent impact it could have on our city. The theatre first opened its doors to the great people of Gloucester back in 1923, as a picture house, often filled to the brim with silent movie fanatics.

It was transformed into the Ritz cinema in the 50s, before being used as a bingo hall throughout the 70s. It was all set to come back into life in the mid 80s after being bought by Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society, and at one point it was even featured in Challenge Anneka!

After various changes it’s unfortunately fallen into disrepair, but Gloucester Arts Council is hoping to turn all this around. Phil McCormick from the Arts Council is championing for it to be transformed into the city’s only theatre – a place to bring drama to life. 

I’m really excited about this project and will bring you all the latest updates as they come in!

Image courtesy of Ahmed Said Hansdot