After 30 years, the Opera House's Toyota signs come down 

After 30 years, the Opera House's Toyota signs come down 

The advertising sign is removed from Cork Opera House, to be replaced with signage promoting University College. Picture: Larry Cummins

After 30 years the Toyota signage on the Cork Opera House's fly tower is coming down.

workers have been removing the lettering on three sides of the tower in recent days following the end of a commercial agreement that was entered into in 1987.

The signage will be replaced in the coming months with new lettering for UCC and the Opera House.

It follows an agreement by the college and the theatre to form a new partnership worth almost €600,000.

The new signage is subject to planning approval.

The partnership with UCC is the latest development in the Opera House's long history that saw the theatre burned down in 1955 and closing for the summer in 2010 due to financial difficulties.

In September the Opera House reported a quarter of a million euro profit for the financial year ending March 2017, with home-productions like the panto and last summer’s hit, Prodijig, contributing to the positive returns.

The profit was achieved through 297 performances, which saw 198,250 people come through the doors of the landmark city venue. It is the fifth consecutive year of profit for Cork Opera House.

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