GREENFORD Hall opens to the public this week after a s1million facelift to encourage more community groups to take advantage of its space.
The 1960s building, in Ruislip Road, had fallen into a bad state, with a leaky roof, dated electrics and rooms which did not cater for smaller groups.
Ealing Council hopes the refurbishment will give the under-used hall a new lease of life.
Council leader and Greenford Broadway ward councillor, Julian Bell, said: "The hall really has become a landmark since it opened in the 1960s, but it was starting to look tired and no longer met the needs of the community.
"I'm delighted that despite the tough financial times we've been able to carry out this major upgrade."
The Hanwell and Ealing Operatic Society performed to around 150 people at the launch last Tuesday (22). They will be one of the first to make the most of the new premises when they perform Snow White and the Seven Dwarves pantomime on December 28 and 29.
The main performance hall has been extended to seat up to 400 people with a newly fitted kitchen for large events such as weddings. The stage was updated with new lighting and sound systems, to make it more appealing for live shows.
Upstairs the room which housed a nursery has been transformed into a second medium-sized function room which can seat up to 100 diners for smaller celebrations.
The old dressing rooms which were hardly used have been stripped down to offer space for up to 50 people, ideal for clubs, meetings or children's parties.
In the past, small community groups complained about the rising hire costs, but charities and not-for-profit groups can benefit from special community rates. Regular users can also get discounts up to 50 per cent for multiple bookings.
Greenford Hall officially opens on Thursday (1). To make a booking contact the Hospitality and Events team at the council, visit www.ealing.gov.uk/halls. Call 020 8825 6060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.