January 15, 2019 3:00 pm
Updated: January 15, 2019 9:28 pm

Federal government pledges $2.5M to help Roxy Theatre rebuild

WATCH ABOVE: An Edmonton landmark will soon return to 124 Street. The Roxy Theatre burned down four years ago. Now, the theatre company that owns the land is ready to start rebuilding. Fletcher Kent has more.

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Ottawa has offered $2.5 million to help Edmonton’s Roxy Theatre rebuild after a devastating fire four years ago.

READ MORE: Roxy Theatre destroyed by fire

The money from the federal government means theatre owners have $10 million of the $12.5 million needed to rebuild.

Tuesday’s announcement moves the fundraising efforts far enough to break ground this spring.

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READ MORE: ‘Our goal is just to get back what we were’: Roxy Theatre on fire

On Jan. 13, 2015, the building on 124 Street that housed the Roxy burned to the ground. The structure dated back to 1938; the theatre company itself was founded in 1975.

The Roxy, run by Theatre Network, relocated south of the river to a temporary home on Gateway Blvd. near 85 Avenue in Old Strathcona.

READ MORE: Edmonton’s Roxy Theatre to be rebuilt on 124 Street

In February 2018, Edmonton and Ottawa announced more than $500,000 in combined funding for design work for a new building.

Two month later, the Alberta government said it would contribute $2.5 million to the facility’s future.

READ MORE: Alberta government puts $2.5M towards Roxy Theatre rebuild

“We felt such a collective sense of loss when we woke up to hear the news that morning of the beautiful and iconic building being lost to a fire,” deputy premier Sarah Hoffman said in April. “It was a stage that hosted many memorable moments.

“We can’t rewrite history, but perhaps together, we can help script a better future,” Hoffman said.

WATCH BELOW: Aerial shots from the Global One news helicopter of the Roxy Theatre fire in Edmonton (Jan. 13, 2015).

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