Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 16, 2015 09:00 ET

Imperial Theatre Goes High Tech

Government of Canada provides funding for state-of-the-art equipment

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Imperial Theatre received a $67,833 investment, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, to upgrade its technical capacity to accommodate new forms of theatre, dance and music productions using digital imagery projections.

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Imperial Theatre, a centennial artistic venue, will purchase specialized industry-standard projection and lighting equipment that will benefit both the theatre and provincial arts organizations through in-house use and rental agreements.

Quick Facts

  • The Imperial Theatre, with a 900-seat capacity, is recognized as one of the three largest series presenters in New Brunswick and is the main presenter in the Southwest Region.
  • The venue plays a leadership role by featuring events that showcase new cultural and artistic practices from across Canada and abroad.
  • This new equipment will enable the Imperial Theatre to achieve its key objective of engaging audiences and encouraging the presentation and development of the arts.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in organizations, such as the Imperial Theatre, that contribute to the well-being and the economic growth of our communities by providing access to rich, diverse and unique artistic performances to Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Imperial Theatre is an artistic and cultural jewel that serves as a launching platform for local artists and puts the spotlight on renowned Canadian and international performers."

- Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)

"Imperial Theatre is very pleased to receive support from the Government of Canada towards improved technical equipment. Our audiences will be pleased with the improved quality of the new screen and projector; with these in place, artists will be able to propose presentations at Imperial Theatre that would not have been possible in the past. We are proud of our heritage exterior, but also committed to providing a well-equipped modern performance space."

- SG Lee Bolton, Executive Director, Imperial Theatre

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Imperial Theatre

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  • Marisa Monnin
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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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