A VENUE which has lost scores of acts to Runcorn's acclaimed Brindley arts centre is costing taxpayers £600,000 a year.
Now Council Tax-payers are calling for Warrington's Parr Hall to be closed down after the true cost of keeping it open was revealed.
Last year the Weekly News reported that many of Warrington's best-known amateur dramatics groups had abandoned the Parr Hall in favour of The Brindley.
Now many are furious to hear that the Parr Hall is £589,000 in the red compared with The Brindley.
Between April 2005 and April 2006, turnover at the Parr Hall was just £161,000 - more than £100,000 down on the previous year.
Warrington council leader Ian Marks said: 'We cannot tolerate losses at this level but there is a feasibility study looking at how we can run the facilities and there is a new management team in place.
'We want a vibrant town centre with something for everyone and we see the Parr Hall as an essential part of that.'
The Parr Hall used to attract star names such as The Beatles in the 60s but has struggled in recent years.
However, a performance by comedy duo The Mighty Boosh broke box office records this spring.