An arts venue in Morecambe that was set to close indefinitely has been saved by community funding, and will reopen as the West End Playhouse.
Local residents raised £2,000 to restore Alt-Space, a fringe venue and comedy club, which closed last December due to a lack of funding.
Matt Panesh, the venue’s director, set up a crowd funding initiative to raise funds and awareness in the community, which has provided the means for the venue to be reinstated.
The reopened theatre will see the return of the Morecambe Fringe Festival, a series of open mic, performance poetry events, comedy nights, plays and workshops held in July.
It is expected the venue will host up to 80 shows as part of the festival
It will provide a space for art exhibitions and new theatre group, the West End Players.
Panesh said: “Alt Space has died and the phoenix is rising from the ashes.
“If anybody wants to write and perform, we are there to support them so they can eventually turn it into a wage and career.”
He added: “The West End Playhouse is basically a blank canvas. We want to be all things to all people when it comes to performance and art.”
The theatre will be open every day during the week for people to network and register for auditions.
Workshops to develop new shows for Morecambe Fringe 2020 will be held every Wednesday, starting later this month.
The relaunch was celebrated with a cabaret evening on February 1.