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Posted: November 15, 2021

Public welcome at grand reopening

Cranbrook Community Theatre Society (CCT), having successfully completed a major theatre renovation within the Stage Door and a remarkable upgrade to the theatre’s technical equipment, cordially invites the public to tour one of Cranbrook’s favourite heritage venues to commemorate this milestone.

The ‘Come & Go’ event to celebrate will take place Saturday, November 27, starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Studio Stage Door, 11-11th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Current Provincial Public Health Orders for this region will be observed. To participate, a full COVID-19 vaccination is required, and masks will be worn while indoors. A seated section, where masks can be removed to enjoy coffee/tea and cake, will be provided. CCT appreciates the cooperation and understanding of the attendees.

The ‘Theatre Proper Project’ was developed over a period of two years and became successfully funded in early 2021 through the Province of British Columbia’s Unique Heritage Infrastructure Stream.

“We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development,” stated CCT President, Peter Schalk.

A significant funding contribution was also made by the Regional District of East Kootenay along with the time and help from many volunteers.

The ‘Technical Advantage Project’ was inspired by the challenges faced by all performing arts and educational presenters resulting from the pandemic.

The Columbia Basin Trust collaborated with CCT to fund the project through a Non-Profit Tech grant. Key outcomes of this project are identified as, increased capacity, improved accessibility, improved quality, and venue relevancy.

Events and presentations held at the Stage Door by Cranbrook Community Theatre and other community users, will no longer be limited to the venue’s 83 seats as a direct result of the additional new and upgraded technical equipment to support quality live and recorded streaming.

The projects involved the services and skills of multiple local contractors. Products and equipment were sourced through local businesses.

Since 1974, CCT members, volunteers, and funding partners have invested just shy of one million dollars into the care and maintenance of the Studio Stage Door heritage building, benefitting all citizens of the City of Cranbrook.

For more information contact [email protected] or 250-426-2490, or go to

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Cranbrook Community Theatre Society

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