Major development for Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre
Plans are under way to develop the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew into a prime venue for concerts and stage shows, shopping, dining and other activities.
The facility, which houses an entertainment centre and the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, is a popular location for the staging of arts development programmes and national cultural celebrations organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Executive Director of the JCDC Dr Delroy Gordon said that there is a committee in place looking at the "major development" of the complex.
"Hopefully, if the funds are available, we should have a completed, refurbished and a renewed Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre going into next year," he said.
He said that the development plan includes redesigning the centre to accommodate restaurants, businesses and craft shops, and to host entertainment events throughout the year, and not just seasonally.
CREATIVE CITY OF MUSIC
"So, it can be a place where you can go. And in keeping with Kingston's recent designation as a Creative City of Music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, Ranny Williams will have to play a major role in that," he pointed out.
Gordon said that in order to accommodate more persons for stage shows, the seating stands in the theatre will be removed. He informed that only 2,500 persons can be seated inside the theatre.
"If the seats are removed then it would be able to accommodate upwards of 5,000 persons," he pointed out.