The Key City Theatre Society is in the early stages of an extensive $800,000 upgrade to the building.
Chair Chris Johns says they are embarking on a review and reinforcement of the roof and trestles of the 26 year old facility.
“It is needing these repairs because, of course, what we’re looking at is developing this [building], so it will last for another 25 to 30 years,” Johns explains. “Building a new theatre would be in the price [range] of well over $20 million for the same size facility. In our view, it is a better expenditure of monies to look at these renovations.”
Johns says they hope construction starts in July and wraps up by mid-September to prevent any major impact on revenue.
“July, August, and the first part of September tend to be our slower months,” he says. “So, that’s the window that we have.”
The cost will be covered in a three way partnership between the Columbia Basin Trust, City of Cranbrook and Southeast Kootenay School District.
The CBT is contributing $500,000 to the project, while the City of Cranbrook and Southeast Kootenay School Distrct are each pitching in $150,000.
Johns, who is also a school district trustee, explains these parties have worked together since the theatre was built.
“They all see the value of this theatre and, obviously, the support that the community and surrounding community provides for the threatre has been quite outstanding.”
– Key City Theatre Society Chair Chris Johns