Katoomba RSL Club rises from the ashes

Two-and-a-half years after fire destroyed it, Katoomba RSL Club has reopened.

Local members queued outside the new clubhouse this afternoon (Wednesday) to be among the first to get a look inside.

From the spacious foyer, which features a glass cabinet containing the club's memorabilia - including the old medals which have been restored - through to the large bar with floor to ceiling windows, the effect is light and airy.

The feature is undoubtedly the double-height dining room, with a massive curved window looking over the corner of Lurline and Merriwa streets.

There is a 600-seat auditorium with sliding concertina doors which can divide the room into smaller areas.

Pokies players are well catered for, with two areas, one indoors and one indoor-outdoor.

The Red Poppy Brasserie is not yet open but will do so from 11.30am Friday.

There are a few unfinished bits, including the cenotaph out the front of the porte cochere (a fancy way of describing the covered porch-like structure at the entrance, which will give visitors protection from bad weather.

The cenotaph will be in place and will be consecrated at the club's official opening on Saturday, August 24.