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Imperial Theatre Receives Funding for Renovations and Programming

What a great day for an announcement with executive director Angela Campbell, board chair Mel Norton and MP Wayne Long at the beautiful Imperial Theatre in Saint John. 🎭

The Imperial Theatre in Saint John is receiving funding to support its programming and renovations.

“We are pleased to provide funding to support upgrades to this historic theatre that will make their programming available and accessible to everyone,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “With this support, the Imperial Theatre will continue to be an important venue for performing arts and culture in the province.”

Scott-Wallace spoke on behalf of Réjean Savoie, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

The funding will allow the facility to maintain its programming, including the annual multidisciplinary performing arts series, and make improvements, such as new front doors, a theatre stage cloth, renovated washrooms and the purchase of a small boom lift.

“The Imperial Theatre has a rich history and is a cultural landmark in beautiful Saint John,” said Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long. “I am thrilled that the Government of Canada is investing in the programming and restoration of this facility as it continues to provide this region with outstanding artistic performances.”

Long attended for Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge and federal Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings, who is also minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The funding includes $70,000 from the provincial government, $170,000 from Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and $88,343 from ACOA.

“Imperial Theatre is proud of its community spirit and our meaningful reach to connect and engage people through the performing arts,” said Angela Campbell, the theatre’s executive director. “This funding expands opportunities to reach audiences through innovative programming and outreach. The capital improvements which will replace the existing wooden front doors, along with upgrades to the washrooms, ensure universal accessibility for people from all walks of life.”

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