THE Cliffs Pavilion is set to close for the rest of the summer while it undergoes the latest stage of a £500,000 revamp.
The theatre in Westcliff, which has already had new £180,000 stage lights, will be closed until September 2 as workmen replace its 22-year-old air conditioning.
The Palace Theatre, also in Westcliff, which celebrated its centenary last year, has also had £140,000 spent on new seating and stalls.
Paul Driscoll, of Southend Theatres, which manages the two theatres for Southend Council, said both sets of works were about improving comfort for audience members.
He said: “At the Cliffs it’s about temperature and at the Palace it’s the comfort of seating.”
The council has spent £126,000 replacing fire vents on the tower above the Cliffs main stage and is spending £150,000 replacing the air conditioning in the main auditorium. It has also spent £13,000 on a new lightening conductor and £12,000 on a fire escape for the Palace Theatre.