After a $6.2 million capital campaign to revitalize the historic Carnegie Library, The Theatre Centre will open its brand spanking new doors at 1115 Queen St. West, on March 19. Tons of fun festivities are planned including an opening ceremony, a public open house and the opening night performance of journalist Alanna Mitchell’s Sea Sick. In case you didn’t get it – the space is officially open!
This 100-year-old building has served as an anchor in the Queen West neighbourhood, and has a long history. After opening as the city’s second Carnegie library in 1909, starting in the 60s it was used as the offices for Parkdale Public Health until 2012. This month, The Theatre Centre returns the space to the community – upholding the legacy of it being a gathering place, and making their new home accessible, responsive and welcoming. The 11,797 sq. ft space includes a main performance hall and rehearsal space, a green-roof/garden, a cafe, and more – a space both for The Theatre Centre and its artists as well as the public. It’s an incredible addition to the downtown core!
Photo by George Pimental
Located on West Queen West, The Theatre Centre is open to absolutely anyone, so even if theatre is not your thing (who are you!?), the new space is beautiful and well worth a visit. On opening day take advantage of the FREE tours, running until 5 p.m. Post-tour, chat with one of the members of The Theatre Centre’s “living library”. They will be placed throughout the building, surprising guests and sharing their unique stories about the Carnegie Library and The Theatre Centre. After that, check out a Pay-What-You-Can performance of Anticipation written and performed by of Dene-Inuvialuit artist Reneltta Arluk – and don’t forget to catch a performance of Sea Sick (playing until Mar. 23)!
The Theatre Centre opens Mar. 19. The opening ceremony is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – and the community open house runs from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information on The Theatre Centre visit their website: www.theatrecentre.org