A KENDAL entertainment venue is undergoing an extensive revamp and will boast a refurbished cinema, boutique ‘digital lounge’ and live streaming equipment when it reopens.

The ambitious £850,000 project at the Brewery has been facilitated by grant funding from organisations such as Cumbria County Council and Arts Council England.

Miriam Randall, chief executive of Brewery Arts - shortened from the old Brewery Arts Centre name - said the upgrade ‘breathes new life’ into the venue.

“This project puts cultural innovation and talent development at the heart of our work,” she said.

“When we reopen it will be a space for everyone to enjoy, a creative hub at the heart of community life that develops and showcases some of the most exciting artists and creatives working today.”

The revamped Brewery will feature a refurbished two-screen cinema complex along with a ‘boutique digital lounge for additional immersive screenings and gaming’.

The restaurant, bar and public spaces will be given facelifts, while the theatre, music venue and creative studios are being fitted with the latest technology.

CHIEF EXEC: Miriam Randall

CHIEF EXEC: Miriam Randall

Live streaming equipment has been introduced throughout the venue which will allow gigs, festivals and even weddings to be broadcast from the building and viewed anywhere in the world.

Cllr Robin Ashcroft, portfolio holder for economy, culture and leisure at South Lakeland District Council, which contributed grant funding, described the revamp as ‘tremendous news’.

He said: “This arts centre is very much at the heart of South Lakeland’s cultural and creative life – providing immense social and economic benefits for all of us. It’s particularly impressive that they’ve stuck to their objectives and delivered on their ambitions during the worst of times most of us have ever known.”