Burnley Mechanics is planning a £3 million redevelopment to create new performance spaces and improve disabled access to the venue.
Under the title of MI:Space, the scheme aims to bring a number of closed-off areas in the 19th-century mechanics’ institute back into use, with proposals including new dance studios or performance spaces.
There are also plans for a new roof and to redevelop the existing grand staircase and foyer, as well as to improve disabled access.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, a funding application has been submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and detailed proposals for the refurbishment will be revealed before the end of the year.
Burnley Borough Council’s executive member for housing and leisure, Ivor Emo, said: “This is wonderful news and a positive step forward for this exciting project.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the bid is ultimately successful and our ambitious plans for the further development of the Mechanics Theatre can become a reality.”
A further application has been submitted to Arts Council England for £180,000 to improve seating and lighting in the theatre’s main 495-capacity auditorium.