PATTICHION MUNICIPAL THEATRE
TOWN LIFE MEANS , above all, cultural development.
The town of Limassol, with a long tradition and always a pioneer in cultural matters, envisions its continuation and the future. From its beginnings in 1949, the Pattichion Municipal Theatre – then the privately-owned Pallas Cinema – played its own significant role in the town's cultural and social life. Having been donated to Limassol Municipality in 1986, the Pattichion was transformed into a 740-seat theatre, the biggest in the district.
The theatre was made available for a low rental and with no restrictions to any organisation in the town (schools, trade unions, educational and youth organisations, cultural associations, classical and modern dance groups, amateur and professional theatre companies, the Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC), government and other bodies) to stage performances, hold meetings, cinema shows, seminars, national celebrations and every type of cultural event.
The constant development of the town and, in particular, the regeneration of the historical centre in which the Pattichion is strategically located, combined with the needs of the Cyprus University of Technology, which does not have its own theatre, are today calling upon this historic building to play a new, upgraded role.
The multi-faceted and continuous operation of the Pattichion Municipal Theatre throughout the years had brought about significant wear and tear to the building and revealed new requirements.
This meant that the theatre needed upgrading, both in terms of its structure and the technical support it could provide to performances staged there.
Refurbishment work on the Pattichion Municipal Theatre included:
- The construction of a new stage, dressing rooms, storerooms and toilets, and the demolition of the existing ones.
- Complete and modern stage equipment.
- An orchestra pit and lifts to the stage area.
- Structural improvements to the main auditorium, the foyer, canteen and lecture hall.
- Reconstruction of the metal roof, false ceilings, the ceiling, floors and work on the walls.
- The acoustic design of the building.
- Electro-mechanical installations.
- Replacement of seats in the main auditorium.
- Installation of sound and theatre lighting systems.
Upon completion of the work, the town of Limassol had gained a brand new, functional theatre, ready to serve every modern need. The project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the EU as part of the 2007-2013 programming period in the "Competitiveness and Sustainable Development operational programme with priority given to the regeneration of urban and rural areas and with the particular aim of exploiting cultural resources and creating cultural and social infrastructures".
The total cost of the project was €8 million and it was completed in November 2014.
In a prominent place in the foyer of the theatre is the monumental work by Christoforos Savva "Coloured bas-relief in white cement, 1963" which was donated to Limassol Municipality by the family of George Vassiliou, former President of Cyprus.