A basement fire in the 2900 block of 30th Avenue took place in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 10. (City of Vernon photo)

A basement fire in the 2900 block of 30th Avenue took place in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 10. (City of Vernon photo)

Curtain opens on Vernon’s Town Theatre following fire

Two months after neighbouring fire caused significant damage and closed the theatre down

Editor’s note: The theatre is up and running April 11. A fundraiser has also been planned May 13 for the theatre with wine and silent auction, tickets at Expressions of Time

A little write-up in the Morning Star with the GoFundMe and updated info was on the Towne Theatre’s Facebook page dated Feb. 27.

A little write-up indeed.

There was far more “damage” to the interior of the Towne Theatre than mild smoke damage. It cost a great deal of money for this small but dedicated group of enthusiasts to get their show back on the road.

It is so very sad that the Towne Theatre’s progress had been stellar up to the time of the fire; they had rebuilt a substantial audience of regular and dedicated movie-goers since taking over the Towne, with a program already in place to the end of March.

Following the example of the Towne’s previous owner, their Monday Okanagan Screen Arts programs (where one movie is shown at three screening times), which provides scholarships to students who express an arts-focused career, has exceeded their expectations.

The fire next door has been devastating for the Towne Theatre and while they are reaching out to folks on their Facebook page, perhaps a little more ‘exposure’ in the Vernon Morning Star would aid them in ‘getting back to normal.’ The costs of restoration have far exceeded their insurance coverage – for damage which was completely and utterly not their fault.

E. Suzie Sims

disgruntled and passionate regular

attendee at the Towne Theatre

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