Sammy's set to reopen this month

Sammy's owner Sam Chin at the venue yesterday before it reopens this month. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Sammy's owner Sam Chin at the venue yesterday before it reopens this month. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

Sammy's will reopen this month after being closed in June for refurbishment.

Owner Sam Chin shut the venue after the building fell into disrepair. He said yesterday demand had led to him taking bookings again.

"We had a lot of inquiries about when we were going to reopen. It's such a good space with plenty of room for 500-plus people. We've already got three or four university graduation dinners booked in over the next couple of weeks."

A Dunedin children's hospital fundraiser and a burlesque show were also confirmed for this month and Dunedin band Made In China would launch its album in the venue on September 23.

The Verlaines and guests will also perform at Sammy's on September 24 as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup REAL New Zealand Music Showcase.

Mr Chin said he intended to regularly stage concerts at the venue again.

"There's so many memories here for so many people. Generations of Dunedin people have grown up seeing bands and other entertainment here." Sammy's was run by Mr Chin and his father, late Dunedin nightclub personality Eddie Chin, from 1983 to 2008.

The venue opened in 1896 as the Agricultural Hall, before being renamed His Majesty's Theatre, and has a long history as a hall, theatre and live music venue.


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