Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2017
18 Goodwood’s architectural gem, the Capri Theatre, has recently undergone a makeover at the ripe old age of 75. Opened in October 1941, the State Heritage-listed theatre is one of Adelaide’s most iconic ar t deco buildings and recently received a $20,000 conservation grant from the City of Unley. Capri Theatre Manager Rob Jordan says the grant covered about 20 per cent of the costs associated with much-needed restoration work - mainly painting the building’s façade. “ T he last time the Capri was painted was back in the mid 1980s so she was cer tainly in need of some care and attention,” Rob says. “ We’ve been planning and fundraising for the last two years. The actual work commenced in March and was complete as of July 28 and we’re really pleased with the result.” The theatre’s mural facing Gilbert St is also set to be replaced with “something fresh and modern”. Owned by the Theatre Organ Society of South Australia, the Capri Theatre is a not for profit organisation run by a net work of generous volunteers. It houses a unique world-class theatre pipe organ which is still played before evening cinema sessions on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The City of Unley’s Conservation Fund assists owners of significant trees, local heritage items and contributory buildings in a conversation zone to preserve them. For more information about grants that the City of Unley offer, visit unley.sa.gov.au Goodwood Road streetscape almost complete Grand old dame gets a facelift If you have visited Goodwood Road recently, you may have noticed some exciting changes. The City of Unley has recently completed a major streetscape upgrade of the popular dining and shopping strip between the tram line and Victoria Street. As part of the project, stobie polies have been removed and the powerlines have been undergrounded. The street now boasts more greening, new street lights, brick paving, improved pedestrian crossings and wider, more accessible footpaths. City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne says the project has greatly enhanced the precinct and will help it become a destination of choice for locals and visitors. “ We recognise the benefits of making places more accessible, aesthetically appealing and age friendly while also encouraging an active community,” Mr Clyne says. The Council worked with local businesses to deliver the project on time and on budget. It engaged Forest ville-based contractors Outside Ideas to under take the civil and landscape works and Adelaide-based company Groundplay to supply street furniture. In a first for Adelaide, ‘welcome mat’ artwork has been installed at the side street intersections using a process of pouring coloured bitumen into indented designs. Jen Weeks, who runs clothing store Frock Me Out, hopes the upgrade will increase foot traf fic. “It looks much more inviting and adds to the overall eclectic and creative look and feel of the strip,” Jen says. The Council will officially launch the new-look Goodwood Road once the Depar tment of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure reseals the road in October. For more information, please visit unley.sa .gov.au Jen Weeks and Donna Tripodi.
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