Public survey explores feasibility of expanding Capitol Theatre

The theatre wants input into the need/desire for multi-purpose black box theatre performance space.

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A cultural cornerstone at the heart of Nelson’s performing arts scene, the Capitol Theatre is already Nelson’s premiere destination and facility choice for theatre-goers and renters alike. But what if they could do more?

The Capitol Theatre Restoration Society is seeking input into the need/desire for expansion of its current venue to include a multi-purpose black box theatre performance space.

A black box theatre (or experimental theatre) is a simple performance space that varies in size, usually with black walls and a flat floor and no raised stage area. Black box theatre spaces are typically designed to provide flexibility in the configuration of the stage and the audience seating.

A vibrant and growing interest in the performing arts and entertainment sector in Nelson has spurred the question of whether a gap exists for rental space that a black box theatre could fulfill.

As community interest is the first step, the Capitol has embarked on a feasibility study to evaluate whether there is a need or desire for such a space. Focus groups and interviews with existing renters and other stakeholders have revealed an exciting array of projected use for an additional theatre space.

And now, the Capitol is asking the public to weigh in. An online survey has been launched to seek input from our patrons.

Take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/Capitol-Blackbox-survey.

By completing this survey, participants will be entered into a weekly draw for the choice to win a $20 gift certificate to the Capitol Theatre or two tickets to the Capitol Theatre’s Summer Youth Production, James and the Giant Peach.

The survey will be open until April 15.

This initial stage of the feasibility study is focused on programming and theatre use. It will not delve into location, design or architectural considerations until determining whether the proposed expansion is viable.

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