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The 112-year-old GRAND Theatre is at risk after landlord rejected proposal to keep the historic theatre in the downtown arts community
Opened on Feb. 5, 1912, the same year as the inaugural Calgary Stampede, the GRAND Theatre is part of the Lougheed Block in downtown Calgary. // Julie Vincent Photography
For 112 years, the GRAND theatre has been a pivotal part of Calgary’s downtown landscape but the iconic theatre’s future is in peril.
The Calgary GRAND Theatre Society released a statement detailing the efforts it made to create a sustainable future after agreeing to sell the theatre to a company that shared its vision in 2021.
The theatre says it engaged a key community partner—Arts Commons—in discussions with its new landlord, Allied Properties REIT, about a proposed partnership arrangement.
“Together, we developed an exciting plan to leverage shared resources that would have incorporated the GRAND theatre space into the Arts Commons ecosystem of downtown venues," executive director Erynn Lyster said.
The theatre says it was “surprised and disappointed” to learn its landlord rejected the proposal despite more than a year of “productive discussions and feasibility planning.”
"With heavy hearts, and because we are running out of time and options, we feel it's important to let the community know that the Society's final act as steward of Western Canada's oldest theatre is expected to take place later this year," said Devon LeClair, board chair.
The society says it will continue to act in good faith with its landlord over the next few months to keep the 112-year-old theatre in Calgary's performing arts community.
"If we cannot achieve a sustainable plan soon, the Society will be dissolved,” LeClair says.
The Grand Theatre is an iconic arts staple and many are speaking out about its potential loss.
"The Grand is absolutely brimming with history—and I am crushed at the uncertainty of its future," says Wakefield Brewster, a poet laureate, professional poet and spoken word artist.
Allied Properties REIT couldn’t be reached for comment as of deadline.
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Get some skating in before winter is over at these six outdoor rinks
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Outdoor skating is one of those things we always want to do but winter is often done before we get a chance. We thought it was a great time to remind you about some great spots to get some skating in before the ice and snow are gone for the spring and summer.
Olympic Plaza: Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Plaza is probably the most well-known outdoor rink in Calgary. Open to the public, there’s always tons of events that take place at the plaza.
Bowness Park Lagoon: A shallow lagoon running along the Bow River between Stoney Trail and 85 St. NW, Bowness Park offers a ton of winter activities from ice trails and ice bikes to an outdoor rink and cross-country skiing.
Carburn Park: Another park along the Bow River, Carburn Park has an outdoor rink along with picnic tables for a sit down after a day of skating. Additionally, there is tons of wildlife in the area for a family to see.
North Glenmore Park: Bordering the northern side of the Glenmore Reservoir, North Glenmore Park has an ice trail, a shinny rink, and cross-country ski trails.
Barb Scott Park: Named after councillor Barb Scott, the park features the Chinook Arc and an outdoor skating rink that provides the Beltline a space for people who work and live in the area.
Prairie Winds Park: A staple of northeast communities, Prairie Winds Park provides two outdoor rinks for the public to enjoy. Located at 223 Castleridge Blvd., NE.
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