Pumphouse gets $2M surprise from city - Metro US

Pumphouse gets $2M surprise from city

Actors and theatre-goers are rejoicing after council reversed an earlier committee decision and pledged another $2 million to The Pumphouse Theatre’s $10.5-million expansion.

In a 14-1 vote yesterday, council approved the additional funds that were denied two weeks ago during a Community and Protective Services committee meeting.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic. This is good for the theatre but it’s also really good for the city and for Calgarians, too,” theatre executive director Scott McTavish said.

The funding will come from provincial funds allocated to the city and will add to another $2 million the city already approved.

Ald. Joe Connelly was the lone objector but he made it clear he is not against arts and culture in the city but wanted more answers on how the theatre would come up with the remaining funds they need.

“Clearly, arts and culture is a must-have for the city but … when you need another $2 million, I need a stronger business case,” he said during council.

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