Council pays $75,000 to keep Clarke Theatre open

Budget constraints at school district created possibility facility would have to close, Mayor Randy Hawes said.

The Clarke Theatre will remain open after council approved a $75

District of Mission councillors approved a one-time contribution of $75,000 at a closed meeting earlier this month in order to forestall the potential closure of the Clarke Theatre, Mayor Randy Hawes said at Monday’s council meeting.

Hawes said budgetary pressures at the school board, which operates the theatre, had put the theatre’s operations in doubt.

“Without this, there’s every possibility that the school board would have to padlock the facility and there would be no use by the community of that facility,” Hawes said.

“As a council, every one of us felt we could not allow that to happen.

Hawes said the money is for one year only, during which a review will be undertaken. Hawes said a formal agreement with the school board will be signed before any more financial commitments are made.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man with gunshot wound drives into ditch on Chilliwack River Road

Serious crimes investigators believe early morning shooting to be targeted

Mother hit in Maple Ridge truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Fee increase report is ‘not a final decision’ says mayor

Input wanted on Mission business licence fee increases, some of which were more than 1,000% higher

Suspect arrested and charged for assault on autistic man

Parmvir Chahil has strong Abbotsford ties; two others charged with accessory after the fact

UPDATE: Daycare evacuated when staff spot smoke coming from air-handling unit

Everyone safe and no damage to building Thursday afternoon in Abbotsford

VIDEO: Mission’s Todd Davies Spring Break Showdown

Youth hockey tournament draws in 28 teams from nearby communities

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

B.C. officials failed to tell Kiwis Fraser Health CEO had been fired in 2014

New Zealand spending scandal exposes Dr. Nigel Murray 2014 exit from B.C. job

PHOTOS: Students exhibit stunning paper couture dresses

22 paper made gowns will be on display at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre until March 27

Most Read