Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre made its curtain call for the summer this morning.
A ceremony was held at the theatre to mark the beginning of repairs which will be happening over the summer.
The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches from representatives of some of the organizations that are helping to cover the project’s price tag.
They will be running $800,000 worth of structural upgrades with much of the focus being geared towards its roof.
Columbia Basin Trust chair Rick Jensen says they’re happy to help with funding for the project.
“This re-roofing project is benefiting from our 3-year, $3 million Arts and Culture Venue grants. (It’s) one of 12 facilities that recently obtained nearly $830,000 in funding, of which the Key City Theatre received a little over $487,000.”
Regional District of East Kootenay chair Rob Gay says the theatre is a hub for our region’s arts and culture scene.
“Sometimes we thing big and we want all these big things and then sometimes we thing too small, and I think (the Key City Theatre Society) got it right. They did a really good job. To get another 25 years out of this with a very modest investment, realistically we made a good decision.”
Work on the roof should finish by September, the theatre is closed until then.
The second phase of upgrades will look at mechanical and electrical fixes which the Key City Theatre Society hopes to finish in 2 years.
– Rick Jensen – Columbia Basin Trust, Chair
– Rob Gay – Regional District of East Kootenay, Chair