EDMONTON — The historic Roxy Theatre in Edmonton is one step closer to a new facility.
A $330,270 investment from the Government of Canada, stemming from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will support the architectural design and engineering phase of construction for the new theatre, which is being rebuilt in its original Westmount neighbourhood in central-west Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton has also contributed $208,000 to the project through its Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program.
The Theatre Network Society owns and operates the Roxy Theatre, formerly an old cinema converted into a live theatre venue on 124th Street. The original 200-seat theatre, built in 1938, was destroyed by fire in January 2015, requiring the society to relocate to a temporary hosting space for its productions and performing arts series over the last several years, states a release.
The society relocated to a smaller 140-seat theatre on Gateway Boulevard, which was renovated and renamed the Roxy on Gateway.
“The Roxy Theatre has been an integral part of Edmonton’s arts scene and home to a host of live theatrical performances,” said Randy Boissonnault, the MP for Edmonton Centre, in a statement. “The destruction of the original historic building has been a tremendous loss for our community. I am delighted that the Theatre Network Society is now one step closer to realizing its dream of a new and improved Roxy Theatre.”