Downtown Outdoor Theater Receives $1.2 Million in Federal Funding


Project Refettorio is a 180-seat outdoor theater slated to open on Durham Street in downtown, federal government announces $495,000 for playground revitalization

A FedNor investment of more than $1.7 million announced on June 29 will support the construction of an outdoor theater in downtown Sudbury as well as the revitalization of eight municipal playgrounds.

Sudbury MP Vivian Lapointe and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré made the announcement today at the YMCA on Durham Street.

Incidentally, Durham Street is also where local theater company YES Theater plans to build the 180-seat open-air theater, the Refettorio, which is set to be built at 131 Durham.

The project is receiving $448,420 from the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund, while $750,000 from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has also been announced for the construction of the outdoor theatre.

An additional $35,000 was also announced to help YES Theater hire a young intern to “expand marketing and promotional efforts”. Additionally, an investment of $34,100 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program will support the theater festival’s programming, it was announced today.

At the same event, it was announced that the City of Greater Sudbury would receive $495,000 in funding from the CRFC to revitalize eight community playgrounds in the city.

FedNor’s total amount announced today was $1,762,520.

Federal funding for the Refettorio project is in addition to the $750,000 provincial funding announced for the theater last April.

The outdoor theater is expected to be built on empty land at 131 Durham Street in downtown Sudbury, will seat around 180 people and will cost a total of $2.8 million.

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