The managing director of Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre is excited to begin renovations at the facility.
Galen Olstead says upcoming renos to the facility’s structure and roof represent the first major upgrades to the theatre since it opened in 1992.
He says a report from 2016 showed that the roof was an area of concern.
“We understood that the roof structure was underdesigned. So, particularly under snowload there was some deficiencies in the roof. Obviously when you’ve got a number of inside a space that causes some concerns.”
The upcoming repairs to the facility’s roof will be the first major upgrades to the theatre since it opened in 1992.
Olstead adds more upgrades are in the works.
“In phase 2 we’ll be addressing electrical and mechanical issues. So that would deal with things like upgrading the chiller system, some of the air conditioning units, fire evacuation systems.”
Cranbrook’s mayor is happy the theatre is getting upgraded.
Lee Pratt says the facility is important for the area’s arts and culture scenes.
“Arts and culture are a big part of people’s lives. The people that we’re trying to attract here for industry, they even enjoy that. And the older people, that’s a big part of their life.”
He adds it was an easy decision for the city to provide funds for the project.
“They’ve been under the gun for awhile worrying about the roof. I think it’s great now they’ve got the funding to upgrade and fix it, get another 25 years out of it.”
The City of Cranbrook chipped in $150,000 to help with the project.
This round of renovations represents the first phase of planned upgrades and will cost $800,000 with a completion date slated for September.
Further upgrades are being considered for some electrical and mechanical issues with an estimated cost of $ 2 million.
A ceremony was held yesterday to celebrate the beginning of renovations.
– Galen Olstead, Managing Director, Key City Theatre
– Lee Pratt, Mayor of Cranbrook