The 1,380-capacity venue, set in 33 acres of woodland, closed this month for a three-month investment that will transform the building into a luxury nightclub with three dance rooms, a stylish bar and pre-bookable VIP booths.
Luminar’s regional director for the Midlands, Mark Molton, said: “This is an iconic venue that has played a key role in the local night-time economy in St Albans for over 25 years.
“We’re very excited by the plans that will restore the building to its former beauty and update facilities to create a modern, elegant venue for our customers.”
The refurbishment, which will create 50 jobs, will run alongside the redevelopment of the Batchwood Sports Centre, due for completion in summer 2014, which will become an East of England regional centre of excellence with six indoor tennis courts and a special judo dojo facility.
Luminar is the UK’s largest nightclub operator with 55 venues across the UK, from the Institute in Aberdeen to Cameo in Bournemouth, employing more than 2,500 people.
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