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Friday October 24, 2008
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID
Selangor’s very own state-of-the-art theatre is finally completed and all set to play a big role in promoting the performing arts in the state capital of Shah Alam.
The Shah Alam Royale Theatre, the latest landmark in the capital city, is located at Jalan Persidangan in Section 14, just behind the Grand Bluewave Hotel.
Construction of the RM43mil complex started in December 2004 and completed in July this year, after about a year’s delay.
The six-storey theatre block, designed along the Malay-Bugis concept, was handed over to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) by the contractor Kembang Serantau Sdn Bhd during a ceremony on Wednesday.
“We will act as the caretaker of the premises for now but it is up to the state executive council to decide on who will manage the place. We hope to hand over the complex to the state government sometimes next month,” Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said.
The theatre is equipped with a main stage with a seating capacity of 800, easy-to-move stage, conference rooms, multipurpose hall, cafeteria, exhibition hall, management office and surau.
There are also ample parking for visitors, including designated parking lots for the disabled.
The theatre provides another venue for the local theatre productions in the state, besides the MBSA auditorium and the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre.
Local performers and artists can also carry out their creative activity at the Laman Budaya at the Tasik Shah Alam, every weekend.
“A place with such state-of-the-art facilities should be utilised by the theatre groups to help prevent it from becoming a white elephant,” Mazalan said.
“The large amount spent by the state government on the project should be seen positively as the efforts to make Selangor, particularly Shah Alam, a centre for cultural and performing arts and, at the same time, attract tourists,” he said.
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