Theatre thoughts sought: Hamilton City Council consults on Founders future and regional theatre vision

The fate of Hamilton's old theatre is up for debate, as councillors grapple with costs for a proposed replacement.

Hamilton City Council will be asking residents for their thoughts on both the mothballed Founders Theatre and the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre around October and November 2017.

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Waikato theatre site choice prompts donations, bouquets and parking questions

It's central, it's unexpected, it has river views - but where will we park?

Wednesday's announcement of the former Hamilton Hotel as the suggested site for a new Waikato theatre has got the region talking.

The project to replace the mothballed Founders Theatre is a partnership between philanthropic organisation Momentum Waikato and the Hamilton City Council.

Hamilton Hotel revealed as new theatre location

Roll out the red carpet - Waikato's new marquee theatre promises to be something special.

It will be smack bang in the middle of Hamilton's entertainment precinct, and a stone's throw from the river.

Other prime spots to replace the now-defunct Founders Theatre were swept aside in favour of the historic Hamilton Hotel building on the corner of Victoria Street and Sapper Moore-Jones Place.