Taxpayers on hook for Port Theatre costs

Re: Cultural contribution, April 19.

Taxpayers on hook for Port Theatre costs

To the Editor,

Re: Cultural contribution, April 19.

The Port Theatre opened its doors in 1998 at half the seats promised in the big referendum.

Now, because enough people can’t fit in the theatre, taxpayers are on the hook for an extra half-million dollars every year to support the less than one per cent of residents who go there.

So, if they could put real theatre shows in there and fill the seats, every day of the year, that would be 292,000 tickets sold.

Add $2 to every ticket and get off the taxpayers’ backs.

They actually have to get real theatre shows, not their favourite high school-days bands and second-rate shows.

The Port Theatre should look very closely at Chemainus Theatre’s success. It has also attracted a major hotel and full practice theatre since opening. It’s what a theatre is supposed to be.

Neil Saunders

Nanaimo