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True North Sports and Entertainment to Acquire Burton Cummings Theatre

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Apr 02 2016

  


One of the most iconic buildings in Winnipeg, the historic Burton Cummings Theatre, will soon have a new owner with True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE).

True North Sports & Entertainment, who also owns the NHL Winnipeg Jets, has been running and maintaining the Burton Cummings Theatre, located on Kings Street, for the past couple of years and are now going to purchase the building which has been a major heritage landmark of the city.

True North has given a formal notice to purchase to the Walker Theatre Performing Arts Group Inc., which is the volunteer board which oversees the theatre.

The terms of the deal are not being released, however, True North stated that part of the deal includes the money the organization has already put into the theatres renovations which they had done over the past two years.

Quite a few of those upgrades are not necessarily visible. There have been several new pipes installed and windows installed in the back. However, concert goers may have noticed that there are are now more mens and womens washrooms available today than in the past.

The Theatre seating is another major upgrade that True North is looking to do.

Kevin Donnelly, of True North Sports and Entertainment, stated that the first upper balcony and main floor seating should be completed by June 1, 2016.

If you have ever seen a concert or show at the Burton Cummings Theatre you may have noticed the uncontrollable temperatures have been quite a problem. This is another problem Donnelly and True North are going to fix.

"Pockets would be freezing cold and other pockets would be boiling hot," Donnelly said. "There is not air conditioning currently. An air conditioning system is being researched now. We hope to install something before summer."

Since True North started to lease the Theatre 2 years ago, they have more than doubled the number of annual concerts from 30 to more than 70 performances per year.

While nothing yet has been decided, there has been discussions kicking around over changing the name of the Theatre.

"The business model quite frankly needs to monetize the name. We need to find value," said Donnelly. "It's very common now that every public venue gets a sponsored name attached. We are in conversation with Burton Cummings and his manager. They would love to stay attached and they are excited."

  

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