The historic Westdale Theatre is officially closed for renovations with plans to re-open next spring. It opened in 1935 and 600 people could watch what many now call the classics. After upgrades in the 70’s the seating was replaced and reduced to 485.
Now Hollywood film producer and Dundas resident Fred Fuchs and Hamilton heritage guy Graham Crawford are part of the Westdale cinema group looking forward to bringing the theatre back to life.
“We’re going to put in a small stage so we can have a small live performance, a chamber orchestra, lectures, other kinds of events.”
Their goal is to create a state-of-the-art space, a cultural and economic hub for Westdale Village and the city.
“We think it is going to take us between 8 and 12 months because so much has to be repaired or upgraded.”
It’s the first time in its history it’s been closed.
This weekend, they’re holding a fundraising event called Building Magic, between 2-5 pm.