The February 22nd earthquake had a hugely detrimental effect on many of Christchurch’s music, art and performance spaces. As a lot of these venues are center either within the badly damaged and inaccessible red-zone of the CBD, or in the earthquake epicenter of Lyttelton.
I’m attempting to put together a run down of any information available on each venue – if you have any information to add, stories to post or pictures to share please comment/contact me.
So far I’ve been able to collect the following pieces of info:
The Dux de Lux – Arts Center, 41 Hereford Street
Richard Sinke, the director of Dux de Lux – a restaurant, bar and brewery on the corner of Christchurch’s Hereford St and Montreal St – said engineers were moving through the premises last night. “Fortunately, the Arts Centre [where Dux de Lux is located] seems to have got through okay,” said Sinke, who has been involved with the business for 32 years.
Scores of Christchurch residents with affection for Dux de Lux in Christchurch, including the band Opshop, were stopping by Dux de Lux in Queenstown, duty manager Vanessa Hartnell said yesterday.
Dux de Lux owner Richard Sinke said he wanted to reopen his bar “as soon as possible”.The damaged building could reopen before repairs were completed on the rest of the Arts Centre site, he said.”The Dux is the centre of hospitality in Christchurch and is the kind of place people will need when the city starts to reopen,” he said.
Dux de Lux owner Richard Sinke said he had not been told his tenancy would be terminated.”As a tenant of 33 years, I thought I might be informed before the media. I haven’t heard anything,” he said.
El Santo Porteno – 6 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
No published stories. Talked to Oscar who said the building is red stickered but is up in the air whether it will be demolished. He said only the roof and parapets are damaged.
Goodbye Blue Monday
“It is with much sadness that I wish to announce that Goodbye Blue Monday is over. It is strange that something that I put my heart-and-soul into over two years has suddenly ceased to be. I think the building is still there – standing sadly with rain getting in and ruining those toilet walls I fought to keep clean and graffiti free – but the business is buggered… We created something that didn’t exist before we made it and now its over. We have started talking about Goodbye Blue Monday in the past tense.”
Former Christchurch mayor and business owner Gary Moore said his family bar, Goodbye Blue Monday, in Poplar Lane, had been “destroyed” in the earthquake.
“The building is all red-stickered and we cannot get in there at all.”
Moore and son Johnny said they remained committed to the “revival” of Christchurch. “We believe that the city will rise phoenix-like from the ashes.”
High Street Project – First Floor, 84 Lichfield Street
Video footage of Lichfield Street seems to show the building intact, but with badly damaged roofing. This is a very old building and I’d imagine it will probably be red…
The New Media Club – 195 Armagh St
Physics Room – 209 Tuam Street
No published stories, but the adjoining Alice in Videoland had this:
‘The store’s High St premises are relatively undamaged. However, the site is one block inside the red zone.’
The Provincial Hotel– Corner of Cashel and Barbadoes Streets
Stephen Cohen spent four years restoring the historic Provincial Hotel, but it took only seconds to reduce it to rubble.
Yesterday, two diggers pushed over the 108-year-old building that suffered terminal damage in last month’s earthquake, collapsing the walls like a pack of cards.
Cohen bought the neglected building four years ago, spending a small fortune restoring and strengthening it, with the aim of reopening as a boutique hotel and bistro.
“We were trying to save it,” he said.
Wunderbar – London Street, Lyttelton
No published stories, reportedly fine