A major fire in 1992 destroyed the entire interior of the theatre but City Hall's designers and builders restored it soon after. The refurbishment that was undertaken has incorporated significant modifications to the furnishing and the sound system, imbuing the interior with a sense of timeless elegance. Architectural work on the exterior carefully preserved the theatre’s heritage.
With a 104-year old history, Panggung Bandaraya is a gem of a theatre that is ideal for staging of productions from plays to musicals. The scene of the various successful productions through the years, the old theatre holds many fond memories for theatre lovers in the city.