Gryphon Theatre Foundation opts out, but the curtain still rises at Georgian Theatre
There is new life for one of the city’s venerable theatre venues, the Georgian Theatre at Georgian College.
More commonly known as the Gryphon Theatre, the venue has been closed of late as earlier this year the Gryphon Theatre Foundation underwent a process of reviewing its operations and reorganizing its finances.
Following the review, the foundation “indicated its decision to discontinue its well-known presentations and its management of the theater on behalf of the City of Barrie,” according to a city press release.
The city has taken over administration and management of the theatre and plans a busy fall lineup of community-based productions.
“The Gryphon Theatre Foundation has managed world-class presentations in our city for over 40 years and we thank them for their efforts,” says Rudi Quammie Williams, the city’s director of culture.
“The City of Barrie will continue the high level of service that theatre-goers have become accustomed to at this theatre.”
The theatre has undergone renovations and is available for rent by all groups requiring a venue for their productions. The theatre, which has 690 seats, is also available for seminars and other such functions.
The theatre won’t remain empty for long. The Kempenfelt Community Players plans on presenting its production of Alice in Wonderland, Nov. 19 and 20.
For more information about the theatre and its rental, call the theatre office and 728-4613, or the department of culture at 739-4299.