The Government of Canada announced joint funding of more than $2.69 million to retrofit the historic Imperial Theatre in Saint John. The green modernization of this iconic theatre will help ensure it continues to provide the community with cultural experiences for generations to come.

The Imperial Theatre was built in 1913. For 110 years, Saint John residents and visitors have been enjoying the theatre’s performances and events. The funding will support modernize this community hub, improve its environmental footprint, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“For more than 100 years, Imperial Theatre has lived at the heart of this historic neighbourhood. These retrofits will honour the theatre’s rich history while helping it serve the community for 100 more. Once revitalized, the building will not only continue to deliver performances on a world-class stage and foster social connection, but it will also help contribute to a more sustainable future,” said Wayne Long, MP for Saint John-Rothesay.

Upgrades will include the replacement of the building’s aging HVAC system and gas-powered boiler with new heat pump and control systems as well as upgrades to the building’s lighting systems. These upgrades will enhance the building’s energy efficiency by reducing energy consumption by 62 per cent and GHG emissions by 135 tonnes.

“Imperial Theatre is committed not only to the care and stewardship of this beautiful 110-year old Historic Theatre, but also to a sustainable and greener future. We have a responsibility to decrease our carbon footprint and make strategic changes in how our facilities operate by choosing cleaner and more efficient energy solutions. We also recognize it is a process; one that our organization takes seriously. This incredible grant will help Imperial take the next step toward that greener future. The Green Energy Retrofit will help to ensure that Imperial Theatre will remain here for generations to come, and that we can continue to inspire, enrich and engage our community through the performing arts,” said Angela Campbell, executive director of Imperial Theatre.

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