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Panto at saved Pavilion

The curtain goes up tonight for the first pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion since it was saved from demolition. The Borough council wanted to save money suggesting a car park on the site instead.

The theatre's now run by a community company. Cinderella runs for the next three weeks. The new managers say they're already pleased with ticket sales.

Cinderella runs for the next 3 weeks at the newly-saved Weymouth Pavilion Credit: ITV News West Country

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Deal agreed for Weymouth's Pavilion

The Pavilion closed last month as the council said it was too expensive to run Credit: ITV News West Country

A deal's been agreed to hand Weymouth's Pavilion complex to a community group.

It was closed last month after the borough council decided it couldn't afford to keep it going. A local businessman led the succesful bid to take over the theatre.

The council will lend the group £150,000 and give it a share of revenue from the neighbouring car park.

Weymouth Pavilion to close at the end of May

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has agreed to close the Pavilion at the end of May and ask community groups to bid to take it over. It was unanimously agreed. It's one of a number of proposed measures to cut budgets in the coming years.

At the time of writing there is still further debate to come on selling off the council headquarters, reducing funding for CCTV and closing Tourist Information Centres.

Future of Weymouth Pavilion to be decided

The future of Weymouth Pavilion will be decided at a meeting later. The borough council is proposing closing the complex in May and that community groups take it over.

Other options include demolishing or selling the building. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council says it cannot afford the three million pounds it will cost to run and maintain the theatre in the next decade.

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Fears for Dorset jobs

Staff at Weymouth Pavilion are concerned about jobs losses following a decision by the management committee that the Pavilion Theatre should close at the end of May 2013.

The facility will be offered to tender to any interested groups from the community, staff fear that their jobs will be lost before any new organisation takes over because of the time the process takes.

Twelve permanent staff are currently employed along with a large number of casual workers.

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Staff fear for jobs after Weymouth Pavilion closure threat

Staff at Weymouth Pavilion are concerned about jobs losses following the decision today by the management committee to recommended that the Pavilion Theatre will close at the end of May 2013.

Although the facility will be offered to tender to any interested groups from the community, staff fear that their jobs will be lost before any new organization takes over, because of the time the process takes.

Twelve permanent staff are currently employed along with a large number of casual workers.

Weymouth Pavillion complex may close this summer

Weymouth Pavilion management committee has today recommended that the Pavilion Theatre complex in the town will close at the end of May 2013. However, it is planning to open up a tender process so that local or community groups could take over the task of running it.

The committee put forward the recommendation today it will then go to the full council on 21 February 2013.