Owen Sound Little Theatre welcomes Bruce-Grey MP Larry Miller and Canadian Heritage Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra to provide an update on its Centennial Renewal Project

April 12, 2014

 

Owen Sound Little Theatre welcomes Bruce-Grey MP Larry Miller and Canadian Heritage Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra to provide an update on its Centennial Renewal Project

 

Owen Sound, ON – Recently, MPs Larry Miller (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) and Rick Dykstra (St. Catherines) toured the historic Owen Sound Little Theatre and received an update on its façade renewal project that is partially funded by the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). MP Dykstra is also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Shelly Glover and represented the department on his visit.
OSLT received $30,000 from the federal granting program for this project that started in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the building and will ultimately see the theatre’s marquee and canopy replaced with new energy-efficient, LED screens and lighting, the creation of an accessible rear-entrance and the re-facing of damaged exterior surfaces resulting in a new look for the popular downtown venue.

 

“The funding from the Federal government for our vital, yet aging theatre is a significant show of support and we are thankful for it. These improvements will firmly move us into the 21st century while honouring our building’s history, reducing our environmental footprint, and increasing accessibility for our patrons,” said Theatre Manager Maria Canton.

 

“No one fought harder to secure federal funding for the Roxy Theatre in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound than Larry Miller. He was relentless in his focus and resolve to make sure Ottawa understood the need in his riding,” said Mr. Dykstra.

 

Work on the face of the building began this winter and while the weather has been largely uncooperative, crews continue to make progress and work is scheduled to be complete later this spring.

 

The Roxy Theatre was built in November 1913 under the name Griffin’s Theatre. The Roxy is an important record of 100 years of the cultural and social history in the City of Owen Sound and a living legacy to the entrepreneurs who have kept its doors open in the face of all obstacles.

 

“The federal funds that will be received will allow the Roxy Theatre to move one step closer to completing important façade upgrades and improving rear entrance accessibility,” said Miller. “The Roxy is a very important cultural facility that has a long history of success in Owen Sound. I congratulate them on their 100 year Anniversary.”

 

The money received from the Federal Economic Development CIIF fund will not only help preserve this history, but ensure that another 100 years of community creativity and cultural advancement is possible.

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