Building for the Future!
The Capitol Theatre’s Expansion Project commenced in September 2019, an undertaking strategically planned to support the 90-year-old national historic theatre’s ability to grow their arts, culture, and community programming. With the addition of a new rehearsal hall, service bar, and catering servery, the second floor Sculthorpe Theatre will soon be available for year-round artistic programming and full-service events and receptions.
On the main floor, serving the historically designated 390 seat atmospheric theatre, the reception area, and ladies’ washroom facilities have been expanded, enhancing the theatre’s overall guest experience.
August 15th, 2020, the Capitol Theatre celebrated its 90th Anniversary and on that occasion, Mayor Sanderson and Councillor Laurie Carr from The Municipality of Port Hope made two announcements, one, an immediate grant of $100,000 to support the operations recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 and also, a separate grant up to $200,000 toward the theatre’s expansion project pending approval of the 2021 budget, and subject to the funds being matched.
A Statement from Artistic Director Susan Ferley and Managing Director Erin Peirce
Our sincerest gratitude to the council and staff of the Municipality. Together community, artists, and government will ensure that the Capitol Theatre survives and flourishes into the future.
The expansion plan — and donations to the fundraising campaign — will help the Theatre reach several goals: to expand partnerships with the performing, literary and visual arts community; to increase accessibility for local talent and community groups, and to facilitate arts education for children and youth.
To date, the Capitol Theatre fundraising committee has raised an impressive $1.3 million, almost 75% of the overall $1.9 million capital campaign goal. The theatre’s staff and fundraising committee are so very grateful to the donors who have already committed so generously to the campaign and through community support, fundraising events, and Council’s matching grant are confident they will be able to raise the remaining $600k.
The Capitol Theatre team asks community members to partner with them and play a role in the Capitol Theatre’s Expansion Project.