Sid Williams Theatre Technology Modernization

Sid Williams Theatre Society

Sources of Funding
ICET :$$20,000
Cultural Spaces Canada:$$20,000
City of Courtenay Capital Reserve and Gaming Allocation:$$23,000
Sid Williams Theatre Society:$$17,000
Total Budget: $$80,000
Quick Facts: 

This project helped to build the capacity of the Sid Williams Theatre Society to serve the community as a rental venue and as a venue to showcase creative talent.

The Sid Williams Theatre is the only fully-staffed live performance venue in the Comox Valley for the communities of Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the surrounding region. The theatre was built in 1935 as a movie theatre and because of its smaller size, receives only a small amount of provincial funding to support theatre use revenue. In 1999, large scale upgrades to the facility's auditorium, balcony, lobby and dressing rooms were completed with subsequent improvements to the stage surface, elevator, electrics, draperies, rigging and projection systems. The sound and lighting systems were not up to the standard of professional touring acts, severely limiting the potential of the theatre despite the important upgrades to the physical facilities.

To optimize theatre use, the full lighting and sound arrays were replaced with state of the art performance systems and training was provided to the facility’s technicians.

These improvements, completed in 2015, have enabled the Sid Williams Theatre to take its proper place as a destination venue and improve the quality of its attractions, allowing it to appeal to a wider audience. For example, the improvements have allowed the theatre to stage more ambitious productions such as Vancouver Arts Club Theatre’s Avenue Q as well as new dance and live theatre performances for the 2014-2015 season, attracting a broader regional audience and generating incremental economic benefits in the community.

2,580
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,615
post completion jobs created
$4.7
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$278
million leveraged into the region
$47.9
million disbursed
$49.7
million committed
170
economic development projects
130
projects completed
38%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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