ABBA Movie Musical saves theater

posted by danpetitpas on October 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm

MONMOUTH, WALES — The hit movie musical “Mamma Mia!” has saved the oldest theater in Wales from closing.

Record audiences have packed the 400-seat, 150-year old Savoy Theatre during the film’s two-week run bringing in enough money to keep the theater open well in 2009.

Previously, the Savoy Theatre Development Trust had announced that the theater would have to close due to a lack of revenue. On some nights, there were not even enough people to cover the electricity bills.

The trust took over the Savoy in 2006 after the previous owners gave up. It invested thousands of pounds to replace seats and install new high-tech equipment but audiences failed to materialize.

“Mamma Mia!” was due to be the last film shown there.

You can read more at RedOrbit and Wales Online.

Comments (3)

markp on October 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Lets all hope it can keep going. 400 seats or 4000 seats, these treasures must find a way to survive.

KingBiscuits on October 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Mamma Mia’s been a monster over in the UK. It might break Titanic’s record for the highest grossing film in UK history.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 4, 2008 at 1:35 pm

According to Variety it is still in fourth place in the UK historically. I imagine “The Full Monty” and “Shrek 2” may be in there also.

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