‘Incredibly disappointed’: Nanaimo’s Port Theatre won’t get federal funding for planned expansion

'Incredibly disappointed': Nanaimo's Port Theatre won't get federal funding for planned expansion
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Artist rendering of the Port Theatre's proposed community performing arts centre expansion project.

Nanaimo’s Port Theatre will have to look elsewhere for funding if it wants to see its plans for a community arts centre realized.

The Port Theatre has learned that its request for $15.5 million from the federal government’s Investing in Community Infrastructure Program has been rejected, according to a press release issued by the City of Nanaimo on Wednesday evening.

The federal money would have been used to fund the Port Theatre’s proposed community performing arts centre, a long-planned expansion project that would have seen the construction of a 50-240-seat performance space and two rehearsal spaces downtown venue for a cost of $21.2 million.

Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog told CHEK News he was “incredibly disappointed” by the decision.

“This was a major project to enhance the viability of the Port Theatre, it would have provided a wonderful venue for people,” he said. “We are disappointed but we don’t control these things. We can only simply apply and do our best.”

Plans to expand the 800-seat venue in downtown Nanaimo have been around since 2009 but have repeatedly failed due to a lack of funding.


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