October 4, 2017 2:11 pm
Updated: October 4, 2017 2:47 pm

Hamilton’s Westdale Theatre restoration gets boost from Ward 1 coffers

A non-profit group continues fundraising towards restoration of the Westdale Theatre.

A non-profit group continues fundraising towards restoration of the Westdale Theatre.

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The Westdale Theatre restoration project received a $220,000 funding boost from the city on Wednesday morning.

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The funding, approved by the general issues committee, will come out of Councillor Aidan Johnson’s Ward 1 specific infrastructure cash budget.

A non-profit group purchased the theatre in May and is trying to raise $2 million to restore the 1935 facade while updating the building to meet modern accessibility standards.

The Westdale Theatre Group hopes to reopen the heritage building next Canada Day.

Councillor Johnson notes that theatre restoration was the most popular choice among ward residents who participated in an annual “participatory budget” vote.

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