NEWS FROM CANADA: Crystal (Randell) Fudge, Archivist at the Bonavista Archives in Newfoundland wrote to let us know that the GARRICK THEATRE is about to reopen! Visit them at www.garricktheatre.com or check them out on Facebook!
Owned by the Bonavista Historical Society and operated and managed by the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation as a non-profit venture, the Garrick will offer live performances of all types, both local and visiting productions. In order to make the facility more financially viable – and to ensure that it is used for the maximum number of nights during the year – cinema will continue to play an important role, with current Newfoundland, Canadian and international films being offered on nights when live performances are not scheduled. Exterior restoration began in 2003 and included the construction of two additions to accommodate new washrooms, dressing rooms and a production area behind the stage. The interior redevelopment will require an upgrade of the stage, proscenium, auditorium, lobby and public washrooms, the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems, projection equipment, theatrical sound and lighting systems, wheelchair lifts, and new seats. The facility, including stage and dressing rooms, will be fully accessible. The budget for this extensive interior redevelopment is approximately $1,610,000.