Astor gets $50,000 for upgrades

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Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced $50,000 in support for the Astor Theatre Society in Liverpool on Dec. 19. 

 “I am pleased that our Government has provided financial support to enhance the Astor Theatre, the oldest performing arts venue in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Keddy. “Audiences living in or visiting the South Shore of Nova Scotia will soon enjoy an improved cultural experience at this venerable and historic theatre.”

 Funding will support an upgrade to the Astor Theatre’s sound and lighting systems and the installation of digital projection equipment with a screen. Artists will have a better facility to create and present live performances, and the Theatre will be able to show more screenings of independent films. In addition to offering theatre, dance, music, film, and educational arts programs, the Astor Theatre also serves as a rehearsal facility for local arts groups and schools.

“It’s groups like the arts and cultural organizations and groups like the Astor Theatre that strengthen our communities by enriching the quality of life for visitors and residents and by creating jobs and tourism opportunities,” says Keddy.

 “The Astor Theatre Society is very thankful to the Government of Canada for its contribution to this project,” said Chris Ball, Manager of the Astor Theatre. “Since 1908, movies have been an important part of life in Liverpool and now, as the oldest movie theatre in Canada, we are thrilled to continue this tradition. More and more, Canadian artists are including multi-media in their performances, which meant we could not present them. Now we will be able to engage a wider and more diverse group of Canadian performers and bring them to our community.”

Ball says thanks to local fundraising and the funding from the federal government, orders for the new equipment are being made and the equipment should arrive in January. The Astor Theatre Society is still fundraising for the remainder of the items.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

Organizations: Astor Theatre, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Liverpool

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