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Movies start comeback trail at Civic Theatre

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 18th, 2013

It seems like only yesterday when people were lined up outside the Civic Theatre waiting to bust in the doors to watch the latest Hollywood release.

But for the past three years Nelsonites have been deprived of what other communities this size consider the norm.

That’s all about to change as the Nelson Civic Theatre Society is lighting up the Big Screen to kick off its project to restore the old theatre as a modern multi-use community presentation space.

The Civic is hosting a glamorous James Bond Grand Gala event on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. with a reception and screening of the newest James Bond movie Skyfall.

Society members are tossing out the challenge to patrons to dress up as a Bond Girl, villain, Mr. Jamies Bond himself, or any favourite Hollywood character.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

For the public not wanting the extra fuss, simply come and enjoy.

The Gala pre-screening reception will dazzle attendees with a welcome drink, showcase appetizers from local restaurants, live music, and door prizes.

Because it’s Bond, the reception will include a martini bar.

Screening starts at 8 p.m.

This is an adult-only fundraising event, with tickets at $30 available at Otter Books, Baker Street Menswear, and at  

Movie magic continues throughout the weekend as Skyfall will show again Saturday, February 23 at a 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets for both Saturday showings are available at the door, with special Kick-off Weekend pricing at $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

There are now 250 comfortable seats installed, with the Civic Theatre’s seat sponsorship program ongoing.

The Kick-off Weekend heralds the beginning of the Civic Theatre’s monthly movie series, satisfying movie-lovers while behind the scenes, fundraising and renovation work aims to transform the aging movie house into a new dynamic theatre.

“It’s a huge job, but with a membership of 1,300 and growing community support, a new, three-screen Civic Theatre stars in Nelson’s future,” said a society spokesperson.

In 2013, movies will cease to be distributed as 35mm film so digitization is a must. Nelson Civic Theatre Society is fundraising for a state-of-the-art digital film projector and surround sound system with a combined price tag of $150,000.

The weekend’s films will be shown on the original 35mm projector.

People wishing to support the Civic Theatre project can scroll to to purchase a membership, sponsor a seat, or donate towards digital projection and theatre renovation.

Donations made to the City of Nelson marked for the Nelson Civic Theatre are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

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