The New Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury opened in September 2011, providing an impressive new venue for theatre audiences in east Kent. It offers west end shows, plays, orchestral concerts and many other types of entertainment. The new theatre replaced a predecessor on the same site that itself had been converted from a former cinema, but the facilities were inadequate and outdated. The new building houses an auditorium with an increased capacity of 1200, as well as a separate studio theatre, better backstage facilities for performers and much improved bar and restaurant amenities for patrons. The new theatre is helping to revitalise and regenerate Canterbury city centre, and alongside Turner Contemporary in Margate and the Creative Quarter in Folkestone is establishing east Kent nationally as a leading destination for culture and the arts.