Major refurbishments to Kyneton’s Bluestone Theatre represent an exciting new era for arts in the town, Friends group president Alan Stone says.

The theatre, a former Congregational church built in 1859, was closed for three years amid safety concerns before a $400,000 project funded by the state government, Macedon Ranges council and the Friends of the Bluestone Theatre brought it back to life.

Works including structural upgrades, ceiling and roofing repairs, new carpet, electrical rewiring and paintwork were officially unveiled last Wednesday.

Mr Stone said the changes had greatly improved the venue.

‘‘The whole place has got such a nice feel,’’ he said.

‘‘Yes, it’s not a purpose-built building, but the acoustics can work really well.

‘‘And, with the stage back at its original level, you step out there and feel like you’re actually in a theatre.’’

Mr Stone said feedback to the renovations had been overwhelmingly positive.

Kyneton Theatre Company’s production of Pirates of Penzance will be staged at the theatre from October 9-24. Tickets: goo.gl/DTq7t0