The Urban Council has spent $78 million transforming the Ko Shan Theatre into a complete community arts centre. A two-year rebuilding programme has just finished, said the chairman of the council's culture select committee, Pao Ping-wing. The theatre, located on Ko Shan Road, To Kwa Wan, was originally an open-air venue. Now it is fully enclosed and air-conditioned, with more than 1,000 newly-upholstered seats. 'Moreover, the stage lighting as well as the sound system have been redesigned by professionals, and new equipment has also been installed,' Mr Pao said. 'In addition, two rehearsal rooms, a multi-purpose committee room and a VIP lounge have been built.' Mr Pao said a variety of shows and events were lined up to mark its re-opening. Eleven performing groups will stage more than 30 shows, including Cantonese and Beijing opera, clapper opera, drama and dance. For the grand opening night, the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong will present a traditional opera, Joint Investiture of a Prime Minister by the Six Warlords. This will be followed by two performances, Zhong Kui and Wu Song, by the Hebei Clapper Opera Troupe under Pei Xin-ling. Three plays will be staged by the Hong Kong Jing Kun Arts Association and the Beijing Opera Troupe Second Company - The Orphan of Zhao Family, Captive General Visits His Mother and The Pavilion by the Riverside. There will also be a display of masks and costumes used in Chinese opera.