(Belfry Theatre)

One of Victoria’s most prominent live theatres has just received a significant $100,000 contribution from BMO Financial Group in exchange for the rights to naming one of its interior stage spaces.

Starting the 2019-2020 season, the theatre’s second performance stage will be known as the BMO Studio Theatre, in exchange for their sizeable bestowment announced today.

Established in 1974, the Belfry Theatre is housed in a former Baptist church that was built in the late 19th century, and has thus far produced 330 plays, including 238 Canadian plays, and more than 50 premieres.

The interior features a main stage, secondary stage, a conference room/workshop, and lobby.

The BMO Studio Theatre can accommodate 90-100 patrons, has raked seating and a complete surround of black drapes. It also functions as a rehearsal and reception hall.

Today’s contribution allowed the theatre to replace seating in the BMO Studio Theatre, and also to leverage additional funding from the Province of BC (Community Gaming Capital Grant) and long time benefactor Mr. Paddy Stewart to also begin the costly replacement of outdated production lighting equipment.

“The BMO Financial Group has for many years been a key supporter of our programming through their sponsorships,” said Executive Director Ivan Habel, in a statement.

“The importance of this additional major gift to the upgrade and maintenance of an arts facility cannot be overstated. This beautiful heritage building provides the framework on which our art is built.”

Photos of the BMO Studio Theatre:

(Belfry Theatre/Flickr)
(Belfry Theatre/Flickr)