Restoring & Revitalizing a 1934 Independent Cinema - The Westdale Theatre

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This webinar will discuss how the Westdale Theatre was restored and revitalized with the aid of a non-profit organization.

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Restoring and Revitalizing a 1934 Independent Cinema - The Westdale Theatre

Presenter: Fred Fuchs, Chair of the Westdale Cinema Board of Directors

When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Cost: FREE!

The Westdale Theatre has been an important part of Westdale located in Hamilton (and Canada’s first planned neighbourhood) since it opened in 1935. The Westdale Theatre was restored and reopened in February 14th, 2019 and it has effectively become a leading independent cinema and community hub in Hamilton in accordance with its vision.

As part of the Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series, join Fred Fuchs, the Chair of the Westdale Cinema Board of Directors, as he shares the story of how a new non-profit charitable organization was able to raise $4.5 million to save the Westdale Theatre from being torn down, and how the organization was successful in a heritage restoration project. In this webinar, Fred will discuss the process of ongoing fundraising attempts as well as programming challenges that were overcome which has made the Westdale Theatre’s restoration a success.

About The Westdale

The Westdale Theatre, as Hamilton’s premier, not-for-profit independent cinema and arts venue, will screen art, independent and commercial films, and provide an intimate, heritage-designated cultural space for performances and events.

The Westdale was the first theatre in Hamilton built expressly to show sound motion pictures. The theatre remained in operation until it was put up for sale in December of 2016. The newly incorporated Westdale Cinema Group (WCG) submitted an offer to purchase the building that was accepted on January 27, 2017.

The full purchase and restoration budget was raised in Hamilton, by Hamiltonians, both residents and the City of Hamilton. After over 18 months of restoration and modernization of services (washrooms, wheelchair access, heating and air conditioning, etc.), the theatre reopened its doors on February 14th, 2019 as a cultural hub showcasing films, talks, music, performance and special events.

This webinar is intended for arts managers interested in learning more about capital project development as well as the restoration and maintenance of creative spaces. There will be time for questions and discussion with the presenter following their presentation.

Additionally, a recording of the webinar will be e-mailed to participants. This webinar will be delivered through Adobe Connect. If you require a dial in conference line or additional accommodations to participate, please contact

The Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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