Nimbin theatre closes its doors - again

AFTER giving it their best shot for two years, the managers of Nimbin's historic Bush Theatre are closing the doors once again due to lack of patronage.

LOCAL ICON: The Nimbin Bush Theatre. Photo contributed
LOCAL ICON: The Nimbin Bush Theatre. Photo contributed

In its heyday in the 1980s, the Bush Theatre was a thriving live-music venue, a cinema, a food co-op and home to a recording studio and one of the first magazines in the region, the Summerland Times.

Today it is still home to the Nimbin Candle Factory, but the movies and the music have come to an end.

Daniel Soler and his partner Belinda Marsh took over the running of the former butter factory in 2011 and have been running regular gigs and movies. But they say they haven't been getting the numbers to keep the business going.

"We've had some great gigs, some wonderful moments. We've met some great people, and overall it's been a great experience," Mr Soler said. "People told us we were best (managers) by a long shot, for a long time. I think people were happy to know we existed but kind of took it for granted."

They kept the theatre open to accommodate the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Aquarius Festival.

"That was great, both financially and psychologically," Mr Soler said. "It was a great way to end the Bush Theatre for us."

Mr Soler said they would be holding a private party for friends and "bush theatre devotees" and that he and Belinda would stay in the area to concentrate on their writing careers.

"It's time to be getting on with a new life," he said.

The building is expected to go on the market next week.

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