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Downtown outdoor theatre gets $1.2M in fed funding

The Refettorio project is a 180-seat outdoor theature slated to open on Durham Street downtown, feds announce $495K for playground revitalization
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The Refettorio outdoor theatre is planned to be built on an empty lot at 131 Durham Street in downtown Sudbury.

A FedNor investment of more than $1.7 million announced June 29 will support the construction of an outdoor theatre in downtown Sudbury as well as support the revitalization of eight city playgrounds.

Sudbury MP Vivian Lapointe and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré made the announcement today in at the YMCA on Durham Street.

Durham Street, incidentally, is also the spot where local theatre company YES Theatre plans to built the 180-seat outdoor theatre, the Refettorio, which is set to be built at 131 Durham.

The project is receiving $448,420 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund toward the project, while $750,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund was also announced toward the construction of the outdoor theatre. 

A further $35,000 was also announced to help YES Theatre hire a youth intern to “expand marketing and promotional efforts.” As well, a $34,100 investment through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program will support the theatre’s festival programming, it was announced today.

At the same event, it was announced the City of Greater Sudbury will receive $495,000 in CCRF funding to revitalize eight community playgrounds around the city.

The total FedNor amount announced today was $1,762,520.

The federal funding for the Refettorio project is in addition to $750,000 in provincial funding announced for the theatre back in April

The outdoor theatre is planned to be built on an empty lot at 131 Durham Street in downtown Sudbury, will seat approximately 180 people and come at a total cost of $2.8 million.