Gate House Community Associaton members Mei-Ling Trevor

Gate House Community Theatre opens its doors

PORT McNEILL - New non-profit society hosts grand opening on Canada Day

PORT McNEILL — A large turnout made the grand re-opening of Port McNeill’s theatre a success Friday.

Founding members of the Gate House Community Association hope the people will keep coming out.

The non-profit society recently took over the former Pioneer Theatre and used the town’s Canada Day celebration to unveil its new look and introduce the new proprietors.

“We hope this theatre will be a gathering place for all those interested in the arts,” said Terry Ruth Eissfeldt, who was joined by founding society members Chris and Karen Stewart, Kathy Martin and Mei-Ling Trevor for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We hereby declare the Gate House Theatre open,” Eissfeldt said with a snip of the scissors.

The event featured three cakes decorated with the association’s name and logo, a sign-up sheet for residents interested in joining the society, and brochures advertising its first planned activity — a Drama Day Camp for youths aged 6-12 the first week of August.

After the festivities, patrons moved into the 258-seat theatre to watch Rio, the animated family film. A second feature, the action film Sucker Punch, followed.

Gate House Community Association will continue to present three movies each week. Tuesday’s will be given to classic movie night, with monthly themes. This month’s theme is baseball, and the society kicked off the schedule with Pride of the Yankees earlier this week.

Pre-release DVD movies will be shown each Friday and a family movie will be  offered as a matinee each Saturday at 2 p.m.

But the Gate House Association wants the theatre to be much more than a part-time movie theatre. The group’s mission is to promote an appreciation for the arts including, but not limited to, drama, film, music, dance, visual and written arts; to assist in celebrating local and visiting artists; to encourage education in the arts; and to develop regular exposure to the arts.

Eissfeldt said the society hopes to draw concerts, theatre productions and dance shows, as well as continue the theatre’s relationship with Missoula Children’s Theatre established under previous proprietor Steve Jackman.

Eissfeldt drew a round of applause when she suggested the society would explore working with North Island Concert Society to bring some of its annual concert season events, currenly held at Port Hardy Civic Centre, to the theatre.

The Drama Day Camp will be held Aug. 1-5 at the theatre and provide youths an introduction to acting. The cost is $120 per student, with sessions from 9:30 a.m.-noon for ages 6-8 and from 1:30-4 p.m. for ages 9-12. To register, call 250-956-2090.

More information and movie listings are available at gatehouseca.org.

 

Just Posted

Port Alice trailer goes up in flames in the early morning hours

The North Island Gazette will continue to update the story with more details as it progresses.

1041 customers without power due to outages in Northern Vancouver Island

Keep following the North Island Gazette for more on the power outages.

VIDEO: Sports Talk with Tyson: North Island Bantam Eagles are ready for provincials

Sports Talk with Tyson is back this week with an indepth look at the North Island Bantam Eagles.

Ferry connecting Port Hardy and Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Thunderbird movie films in downtown Port Hardy

A film crew of approximately 30-40 people has shut down part of Market Street in Port Hardy.

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Mowi reassures RDMW future of aquaculture industry in wake of historic announcement last month

Mowi anticipates a plethora of opportunities in other areas of the North Island for economic growth.

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

Most Read