ORMSKIRK Civic Hall has been saved from going under by The Engine Rooms and faces a bright future.
The Engine Rooms secured the hall from West Lancashire Borough Council after it came under threat of closure earlier this year.
The new partnership began at the beginning of this month and big names are already booked to play at the venue.
The Engine Rooms have acquired the hall on a long-term lease from the council and plan to make it an established venue over the coming months and years.
The highly acclaimed stand-up comedian and star of ITV programme The Chase, Paul Sinha, is due to grace the stage on Friday, November 15.
While Patrick Monahan, winner of ITV talent contest, Show Me The Funny, performs on Monday, December 2.
Monthly comedy nights are also planned at the Hall which are already creating interest on social media sites.
James Furnell, managing director of the Engine Rooms, said: “We are very excited about taking over the management of the Civic Hall.
“We have booked some sensational touring shows and plan to make further announcements of well-known comedians coming to town in the coming weeks.
“We aim to keep events as diverse as possible and with the support of the community we can bring some really exciting high-profile events to The Civic Hall.
“We have also been in discussion with most of the drama and community organisations that have used the building for many years, and expressed our support for their continued use.
“This isn’t a small project, it’s a 25-50 year project that we’re committed to bringing to life – we’re in it for the long haul.”
Since opening in 2007, the Engine Rooms has developed a dynamic, community-based venue in Skelmersdale.
They offer music tuition, rehearsal rooms and recording studios as well as hosting live music, theatre and comedy.
West Lancashire Borough Council leader, Cllr Ian Grant, said:“There are exciting times ahead for the Civic Hall and I am really pleased we have been able to reach an agreement for the Engine Rooms to take over its management.
“The Engine Rooms has a tried and tested record of working with the local community and the Council is looking forward to working with them.”
For more details on events, go to www.ormskirkcivichall.info or www.ormskirkcomedy.co.uk