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    ^yup, passed it on the way to work this morn....what a mess! i used to live in that neighborhood when i was a kid and used to watch movies there. i haven't been to a play there in years, but knowing now that i'll likely never see one there again unless they rebuild it is sad! i'm going to miss her!
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    Going to be a huge loss to the neighbourhood as well as the Edmonton theatre community.

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    Incredibly sad loss.
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    Varscona Theatre, Avenue Theatre, now Roxy Theatre.. performing arts space is getting hard to find in this city

    Hoepfully a few venues like the Avenue that have been closed are re-considered to open back up again
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    There is also that one theatre (I believe) on whyte near Humpty's that has been closed/transformed that could be reopened.
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    The Roxy is an icon. I remember watching a Three Dead Trolls and a Baggie show there. After the show, my truck wouldn't start so I went back to the theatre to use a phone (before cell phones existed!). Wes Borg and Joe Bird came out and got my truck started.

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    This is where now one of the rich benefactors that was thinking of money towards the downtown arts center needs to shift their focus and see what they can do to help this building/organization.
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    ^'Rebuild the Roxy'
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    I saw emergency lights flashing while waiting for the bus this morning further south on 124... had no idea what was going on until I got into work. This looks absolutely devastating: https://twitter.com/RobWilliamsCTV/s...655488/photo/1


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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    There is also that one theatre (I believe) on whyte near Humpty's that has been closed/transformed that could be reopened.
    That would be Studio 82. I think that as a theatre it's been closed for more than 20 years. It is actively used today, though - just can't remember by which group or association.
    Almost always open to debate...

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    ^ah thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidnorwoodink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    There is also that one theatre (I believe) on whyte near Humpty's that has been closed/transformed that could be reopened.
    That would be Studio 82. I think that as a theatre it's been closed for more than 20 years. It is actively used today, though - just can't remember by which group or association.
    I believe it is some sort of church.
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    Reopen the Paramount on Jasper Ave
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    630 CHED newsreader Morgan Smith is also an actress and playwright. Her show "Cheerleader" was supposed to debut at The Roxy tonight.

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    As a resident of the neighbourhood I hope they can rebuild and reopen. It would be a huge loss to the continuing growth to permanently lose a major arts venue on the street.

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    As someone who grew up in the neighbourhood, I too hope that the Roxy can be rebuilt, hopefully with an exterior that resembles the one we've just lost, but obviously with a modern interior. I saw my very first movie there many, many years ago.
    Almost always open to debate...

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    Sad. The Roxy was a great place to check out some of the best live theatre in Edmonton. I hope they manage to rebuild.

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    I believe it will be rebuilt and reopened regardless of finances. Council will be sympathetic to helping rebuild this institution. It should be rebuilt in the current location, as it was an anchor for that street.
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    Too bad they just destroyed the sign. It could have been incorporated into a rebuilt theatre or donated to the neon museum.
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    Sad to hear of this loss. To me this was a cornerstone of 124st if not the heart of it. The street will do fine without it but its a great regional theater that will be missed. Will also be missed for its arts venue contribution as has been mentioned.

    All the more reason to maybe repurpose some of the old theaters still standing and make them theaters again as some people have suggested.
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    For the audience, old movie theatres appear at first blush to make good live theatre venues. Tiered seating, comfy seats, somewhat of a front of house. All good

    But from a production POV, not so much. Theatre Network had to extend the movie "stage" out into the audience, there were virtually no wings, dressing rooms or green room, rehearsal space etc.

    Heck, don't think there was even a loading door through which to bring in sets.

    Even from the audience POV, an old movie house lobby isn't much of a front of house - hence limited opportunity for revenue from food and beverage sales.

    While folks might love to see Theatre Network re-build at the Roxy (hello Ben Henderson), from a practical POV, better for them to partner with another company that has an existing theatre space.
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    Except now they can build a great live theatre space with all the room, seats, etc the lot will permit.

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    In the short term Theatre Network will have to partner up with an existing space. In the long term it will be have enormous benefit to the area if the Roxy is rebuilt as a modern theatre in that space. While I think 124th will be fine without the theatre it is better with theatre.

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    In response to earlier posts part of the appeal of Roxy was that it was an intimate theater environment/theater that is not configured as more modern facilities are.

    Indeed one of the appeals of any such repertory style theater is that they are different, that they do not maximize such things as concessions sales (like present day theater food courts) and that they aren't the generic Cinema18 type venues many of us end up going to because like Power Centers this is often the only local choice given to us.

    Roxy was enjoyed by the patrons that went. Of course the patrons enjoyed the experience of a unique theater that wasn't a Cinemas R US clone.

    Myself I would want more Roxys and less of what we have in present theater stock.
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    Modern doesn't preclude recreating the intimacy while improving many of the backstage issues the theatre has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    Modern doesn't preclude recreating the intimacy while improving many of the backstage issues the theatre has.
    Perhaps. Modern layout always seems to have as its goal maximizing corollary revenue merchandising which to me at least changes the atmosphere.

    When I walk into any megatheatercomplex today my first thought is Kaching. Not what a unique atmosphere this is.

    Anyway that's probably a little OT.

    I hope for the community some good theater space gets resurrected here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Reopen the Paramount on Jasper Ave

    May serve as a short term alternative venue quite well.

    I seriously doubt the roxy would be rebuilt in it's current location. I would imagine a rebuild on one of the alternative sites on 124st around 107 to 111 ave with a larger footprint would be more ideal.

    All this depends on the extent of damage to the adjacent buildings, if they suffered fire damage or structural damage to the adjacent walls or roofs.

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    ^Exactly. To design a theatre space where the Roxy stood you have to start at the back alley and work out to the street.

    Electrical, water and sewer (of which I highly doubt the Paramount has any "backstage" behind the screen), loading dock, etc.

    Then you do your audience space and tech booth, the front of house in the end.

    To do it properly, the space will likely have to become even more intimate (read reduced seating capacity).

    Intimate is nice, but live professional theatre costs money to produce - gobs of it - and all up front before the company makes a dime in revenue, let alone profit.

    All the power to Theatre Network if they go that route, bless em. But I'd fully understand if they didn't.
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    Really sad to see the loss of any long-standing cultural landmark in the city, considering we have so few left. I was quite shocked to hear about the fire this morning. I walked by the theatre just last night.

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    Maybe a new Roxy can be extended south. I'm not sure how the fire affected it, but I think only a few would miss the building next door with the payday loan place, rub & tug and failed burger joint.
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    ^Thought the Cash Store location was due for a major reno in the near future? There was a thread about it here (I believe)... I'll see if I can find it.

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    It doesn't always have to be the biggest, brightest, newest and most sparkley. Sometimes the fact that it isn't perfect is what makes it so good.

    Theatre community devastated after Roxy fire

    “Aside from Winspear Centre, the Roxy was my favourite place to play,” says local musician Dale Ladouceur. “It was like the centre of Coolsville. The sound was decent, but the vibe of the Roxy was the thing. There was a warmth, a casualness and an unpretentiousness, and that was reflected in all the staff that worked there. It was a great place for multi-media shows. It was cool enough for punk rock and cool enough for folkies. I’m very sad. I’m in mourning.”

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    ^^Ah yes, here we go -- not a thread, but rather a post by whyteknight containing the renderings: http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum...&postcount=152

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
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    Modern doesn't preclude recreating the intimacy while improving many of the backstage issues the theatre has.
    Perhaps. Modern layout always seems to have as its goal maximizing corollary revenue merchandising which to me at least changes the atmosphere.

    When I walk into any megatheatercomplex today my first thought is Kaching. Not what a unique atmosphere this is.

    Anyway that's probably a little OT.

    I hope for the community some good theater space gets resurrected here.
    I think we're thinking different things when we say modern.

    I'm thinking more construction, electrical, technology, etc more than design. I also wonder in that you are comparing designing a live theatre venue to movie theatre design. They're very different beasts.

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    Horrible loss for the Street and neighbourhoods.

    As for the company, obviously it's a shock, but it wouldn't be the first time it has moved. I wish them the best in finding ways to adapt.
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    The building to the south used to be the home of Koutouki. I went to Kung fu in the basement; it's funny thinking we were guys getting sweaty there, and now there are guys getting sweaty there for a completely different reason.
    They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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    Koutouki is a across the street now in a larger space.

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    One question: who owns the property?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    One question: who owns the property?
    On the 5pm newscast the director of Roxy Theatre said they own the building and are insured. But it's too early to decide what they are going to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    One question: who owns the property?
    On the 5pm newscast the director of Roxy Theatre said they own the building and are insured. But it's too early to decide what they are going to do.
    Thanks for that great news.

    I saw my first movie there as a little kid, and I live less than a block away. To say that it's a cornerstone of the community, and of the theatre community specifically, is an understatement.

    Everything good about the property had to do with the location, the people, and the history. None of that has changed. The building itself was badly in need of extensive repairs and upgrades, perhaps to the point it wasn't really worth it.

    Notwithstanding the real immediate crisis faced by those directly affected, this could be a good thing for the Theatre, and the community if it's done right, in the same location.

    I believe there's strong community support, and this is the right City Council. Our Provincial Government could use a win right now, specifically with that sector, though we all know money's tight. There's a Federal election coming up, though I wonder if this Government has long since written off the Arts and those who support them (and vice versa).

    I'd love to hear ideas from people like IanO and Ken, and others who know how this kind of development can work. John Day seems to do great with this stuff.

    It's a stone's throw from my door, and I'm less devastated by the building's demise as I am optimistic about what we can do moving forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    One question: who owns the property?
    On the 5pm newscast the director of Roxy Theatre said they own the building and are insured. But it's too early to decide what they are going to do.
    When I listened to the news this evening, the Roxy Theatre folks said they were definitely considering rebuilding the theatre but will likely need funding help. Edit: the owners are Theatre Network
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...ding-1.2900395

    Theatre Network looking to rebuild destroyed Roxy building

    One day after the Roxy Theatre burnt to the ground, plans are already underway to see it rise again.

    Fire crews were called out early Tuesday morning to find smoke billowing from the historic theatre, and were unable to save the building.

    Board members for Theatre Network, which owned and operated the Roxy, held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to discuss options.

    Artistic Director Bradley Moss said the first priority will be to find a new temporary office space — something they may have in place by the end of Wednesday.

    And when it comes to rebuilding the theatre itself, Moss said hopes are high the theatre can return to its original location on 124th Street near 107th Avenue.

    “We rebuild or we reinvent ourselves and go to a new home somewhere — or just become a renter — but we sure as heck like who we are and what we do and we like being an owner-operator of a theatre and like to keep things status quo and get back on our feet,” Moss said.

    Moss said the Roxy Theatre building was insured, but does not yet know if the coverage will provide enough money to cover a complete rebuild.

    Theatre Network will be going ahead with its annual spring fundraiser this year, and is also accepting donations from the public.
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    On Global Late News last night, someone from Duchess Bake Shop emailed the reporter. They said the store suffered some water damage, but expect to open soon. Right now the staff are holidaying in France and so the store is closed until January 15.

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    I honestly thought the Roxy building was vacant, so i was completely indifferent to this news.

    But now that I see it was active, I feel bad about this fire.

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    ^Interesting that you thought that. My only thought, then, is in the new building they might want to activate their street frontage with a retail bay. If the new building is slightly bigger, they wouldn't need to put their offices right in front.
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    It would be nice if in the rebuild they went retro and tried to duplicate the signage. Of course, the signage could be way over what their budget would allow. I saw the sign coming down on CTV news yesterday. Shame they didn't try to protect it as they knocked it down.
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    A caller on CHED suggested the theatre company move temporarily into the Westmount movie theatre. Does anyone know if they're still there, or were they renovated into office space or another use?

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    Looks like they would like to rebuild:

    Plans to rebuild Roxy Theatre underway as investigation continues

    “We rebuild or we reinvent ourselves and go to a new home somewhere — or just become a renter — but we sure as heck like who we are and what we do and we like being an owner-operator of a theatre and like to keep things status quo and get back on our feet,” Moss said.

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    ^ already posted, see post #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ already posted, see post #44
    Oops, sorry, busy day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ustauk View Post
    A caller on CHED suggested the theatre company move temporarily into the Westmount movie theatre. Does anyone know if they're still there, or were they renovated into office space or another use?
    There are lots of options honestly. Catalyst Theatre is moving out of their building to the Citadel, so that might be available.
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    ^ Cept I heard on CBC this morning that Catalyst is moving due to "landlord issues."

    Not an encouraging sign. It's also more a flexible performance space than a theatre.
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    Sounds like the Theatre Network will get $3 million in compensation from their insurer, which is estimated to be short of what would be needed to rebuild in the same scope as the original theatre:

    On Tuesday night, Theatre Network staff and its board of directors met at the 124th Street and Area Business Association office to talk about finding a temporary home for six months to a year. They also have to decide if they want to go back to being owners and operators of a theatre or if they want to rent facilities like many other companies.

    “There are not enough venues in this town to start with, so if we go down, there are even fewer,” Moss said.

    He said they will likely recoup about $3 million through insurance, but it’s not enough to rebuild a replica of the Roxy, which had 188 seats.
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    Sad for the Roxy. But instead of re-building, they should seriously look into restoring either Paramount (on Jasper) or the Avenue (on 118Ave) ..........
    The land at Roxy's site could be re-used for commercial developments with the profit utilized for saving another heritage structure...... a win-win for all!

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    I'd like the Roxy to stay where it was. It was a magnet for the street. Something to do besides dining, drinking or shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal76 View Post
    Sad for the Roxy. But instead of re-building, they should seriously look into restoring either Paramount (on Jasper) or the Avenue (on 118Ave) ..........
    The land at Roxy's site could be re-used for commercial developments with the profit utilized for saving another heritage structure...... a win-win for all!
    I live a stone's throw from the Roxy. I don't think many living here would consider the Roxy moving to be a win for 124st. It should stay right where it is. It's a cornerstone of the community in that location.

    The building was not worth preserving, certainly not a heritage building, but the theatre is and I'm hopeful we'll see something really nice coming into the neighbourhood.
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    What about building a higher structure and having the offices on the top floor to free up the space on the main floor?
    They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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    Partner with Day or Dub, build the theatre in the podium and have office/residential above.

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    As much as I am saddened by the loss of the Roxy, looking at these photos taken 4 months ago of the back stage areas show multiple fire code violations including exposed wall studs, extremely poor housekeeping, missing fire rated doors (especially in what appears to be a storage room full of spray paint), holes punched through walls, exposed electrical wiring, spray paints NOT in a flame proof cabinet and more...quite frankly it was a fire trap IMO (speaking as a facilities kind of person); how did it pass a fire inspection? If the fire had started 16 hours later with a full audience I think we'd be mourning a lot more than a building.

    http://pkphotography.myfotojournal.c.../roxy-theatre/
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Partner with Day or Dub, build the theatre in the podium and have office/residential above.
    Day yes but Not with Dub - it will take 5 years to build

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    How about Dub designs and Day & TN builds?

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    Roxy's remains...




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    Good for them! Great gesture.

    Edmonton Jubilee staff donate tips to Roxy rebuild

    Staff at the Jubilee Auditorium’s bars in Edmonton are pooling their tip money to help rebuild the Roxy Theatre.

    From now until April 30, staff who pour wine, beer and mix highballs during 35 performances will donate the cash in their tip jars to support the Roxy, which burned down Jan. 13.

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/enter...736/story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Partner with Day or Dub, build the theatre in the podium and have office/residential above.
    And retail on the ground floor. (putting the theatre on the second floor. )
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    Has there been any word on a cause yet?

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    https://twitter.com/kendraslugoski

    The #Roxy curtain will rise @ #eastglen high school. Shows start next month.
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    Great news!
    Almost always open to debate...

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    Wow, I never predicted that.

    Just the other side of the LRT from their original home!

    It's a perfectly able theatre, perhaps even more able than the Roxy was. Larger too. Think I might get tix for the rest of the season. Lucky in a way to be near a station.
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    CTV News update:
    Theatre Network is moving to the old Catalyst Theatre space in Old Strathcona for the next theatre season.
    They still want to move to a rebuilt Roxy.
    Cause of fire still not determined yet.
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    Fantastic news short term, but hopefully they are back to 124st... It needs it.
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    Yep, good, nay great use of the vacant Catalyst space (not sure how much of the grid is left behind, but all the electrical upgrades almost certainly).

    Landlord issues aside, not sure this wouldn't make a great permanent space.

    Face it, Citadel is three spaces - there's Library (FWIW), MacEwan and possibly eventually the Galleria, all DT.

    U of A has two, nay three great theatre spaces.

    Old Strath already has a great theatre community, even better after the Varscona is re-done.

    124 street, love the history, but is live theatre all alone really its future? Thinking maybe something else.
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    168281615-003
    29-Apr-2015
    10708 - 124 STREET NW
    Plan RN22 Blk 28 Lot 12

    To demolish an existing commercial building "Roxy Theatre", as a result of fire damage.

    VISCO DEMOLITION & CONTRACTORS LTD

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    I still haven't heard anything on a cause but given a number of other midnight arsons in the neighbourhood I wouldn't be surprised if this arson as well.

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    Glad to see cleanup will happen, drove by this a couple of days ago and saddened by the eyesore.

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    Now the question has to be asked, I wonder what will happen to the property. Will there be a rebuild or will the theater company look to a new permanent location in town?
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    Quote Originally Posted by McBoo View Post
    Yep, good, nay great use of the vacant Catalyst space (not sure how much of the grid is left behind, but all the electrical upgrades almost certainly).

    Landlord issues aside, not sure this wouldn't make a great permanent space.

    Face it, Citadel is three spaces - there's Library (FWIW), MacEwan and possibly eventually the Galleria, all DT.

    U of A has two, nay three great theatre spaces.

    Old Strath already has a great theatre community, even better after the Varscona is re-done.

    124 street, love the history, but is live theatre all alone really its future? Thinking maybe something else.
    Theatre Network found much of their (immense) fanbase from the Roxy's immediate neighbourhood. They're second only to the Citadel for ticket sales in Western Canada. I would be really torn if I were them. For theatre fanbase development, it's great to have multiple neighbourhoods involved, such as 124 Street, or actually their original home in Alberta Avenue.

    For my selfish theatre-going access, and hopes for the City's future, I want it downtown (but the Citadel is full, and EDACC and MacEwan will be full too, while AGA theatre is too small in seats and on stage, Milner Library theatre can't have a resident company.)

    Certainly in the short term, but longer term pros of theatre tourists and neighbourhood buzz, I like the Old Strathcona cluster too, but both Catalyst and Rapid Fire are surprisingly happy to have moved Downtown to the Citadel.

    Tough choice.
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    Just got an invitation to tender the rebuild of this. That seems awfully quick for an insurance rebuild, so that's good news. I'm not familiar with the previous building, but it looks to be pretty much the same as it was.

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    I might guess for accessibility reasons that the lobby would not be split-level like the 1938 lobby was. Washrooms also need to be sensiblised. Get the mens' out of the basement and enlarge the women's.

    I wish there would be a way to move the offices upstairs so they could lease the shop front, but I guess the insurance company won't be the ones paying for it.
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    For all I know those changes were made. I just mean that they aren't slapping in a 4 story building or something radically different.

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    My hope would be the office on the second floor with a box office and lobby right up against the front of the building. This could provide for more seating in the theatre itself.

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    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...re-burned-down

    Theatre Network is slowly starting to make headway on its plans to rebuild the Roxy in the same spot at 10708 124th St.

    The company has received 70 per cent of its $3.8-million insurance coverage, but won’t get the remaining money until they break ground, Moss said. To rebuild the 188-seat theatre, it will likely cost closer to the $7.5-million price tag of the Varscona Theatre, which was rebuilt at 10329 83rd Ave.

    That project is being bolstered by funding from three levels of government, a fundraising campaign and an infusion of cash from a crowdfunding campaign launched by former Edmonton actor Nathan Fillion, who stars in the television show Castle.

    For now, though, Moss said the company is just happy to be up-and-running.

    “As a cultural worker, you sometimes don’t really know the impact that you have. I guess for better or for worse, in this situation, we really learned that we do matter, people do care, and we are having an impact,” Moss said.

    The cause of the fire was never determined by investigators, but arson was ruled out.
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    Such an important project to keep pushing forward, great to see.
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...528894?cmp=rss
    On Friday, MP Randy Boissonnault announced $330,000 in federal funding to help with the architectural design of rebuilding the popular venue.

    The investment from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will support the architectural design of a new facility to be built at its original Westmount location.
    “Son, one day this will be an iconic structure shaping Edmonton’s skyline.”

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    My question is why did this take 3 years to happen?

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    No kidding, the Roxy should have been built by now.
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    ^ ^^

    maybe something to do with only $3.8 million in insurance and twice that much to rebuild it?
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    Makes you wonder if the insurance company wiggled its way out of compensating for damages, or if the theatre group didn't have proper insurance coverage to begin with.
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    According to CTV News tonight, $10 million to rebuild.
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    So the building would be built at the same location?

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    Seems to be.
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    Good to see, although aways to go
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    I did see some piling activity (I believe it was geo-technical) happening there a couple weeks ago

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