Teck Supports Revitalization of the Historic Roxy Performing Arts Theatre
Teck Resources announced a $250,000 donation to support the restoration of the historic Roxy Theatre in Coleman, Alberta to help make it a vibrant, multi-use community performing arts space once again.
Teck’s donation will support renovations of the 275-seat theatre, that last operated in 2003. Once the restoration project is complete, the Roxy Theatre will host live performances including plays and music, show movies and be a space for cultural events to benefit the local economy and community.
“Teck is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we operate and knows the value of the performing arts like the Roxy Theatre in building lively communities where we live, work and play,” said Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President, Coal, Teck. “The revitalization of the Roxy Theatre will expand cultural experiences and amenities for residents and visitors to Coleman and Crowsnest Pass, home to nearly 500 Teck employees.”
“The Roxy Theatre will support a growing regional arts scene as a venue for our growing arts community and to help cultivate an arts hub along Highway 3 to attract artists to the area,” said Tim Juhlin, President, Crowsnest Cando. “Teck’s donation makes significant progress towards our fundraising goals. Once reopened, the Roxy Theatre will be a dynamic cultural hub and provide a much needed performing space for our growing arts community in Crowsnest and the Elk Valley.”
The theatre, located in Coleman AB, will host live performances, including plays and music, show movies and be a space for cultural events to benefit the local economy and community.
The Roxy Theatre, which last operated in 2003, was originally built in 1948 and is a Quonset-style theatre – a style popularized post-WW2 as the military was decommissioning their operations and selling off their surplus. Communities in the region are in transition and the need for a performing arts and community space is growing and will give community groups like choirs, orchestras, acting groups, schools and dance studios a venue for performances. The Theatre revitalization efforts are being led by the Crowsnest Cando – Crowsnest Cultural & Recreation Society Committee and will make the Roxy a dynamic, multi-use performing space, expand cultural experiences and amenities for residents and visitors to the Crowsnest Pass and aid in the revitalization of historic downtown Coleman.
The Revive the Roxy Project will:
• Revitalize the historic 275-seat Quonset-style Roxy Theatre originally built in 1948 so that it can reopen for the first time in over two decades.
• Facilitate a growing regional arts scene and be a cultural hub and much-needed venue space.
• Expand cultural experiences and amenities for residents and visitors to Coleman and the Elk Valley.
• Create a dynamic cultural hub for the revitalization of historic downtown Coleman.
As Crowsnest Cando continues to fundraise for interior renovations and modifications, work on the exterior of the Roxy is expected to begin in August 2023.