Vernon's historic Towne Theatre reopens today with a fresh look

It's showtime at the Towne

For the first time in many months, the curtain will rise at the Towne Theatre.

After a lengthy closure due to COVID restrictions, Vernon's historic downtown theatre is back in business, with shows slated to begin this evening.

The theatre, which started operating in the 1930s, was taken over by the Okanagan Screen Arts Society Aug. 1 after previous owner Gerry Sellars retired.

Since then, the society has been sprucing up the old building while keeping its historic charm.

“Many thousands of hours of volunteer time has gone towards getting this place polished up,” the society's Scott John said as final preparations were being carried out for the grand reopening.

“We've got kids shows, we've got an after-school show on Friday, evening shows, and on the weekend we have matinees and then shows again in the evening.”

The theatre's new website will have all the shows and movie times.

John says there will also be online ticket sales for the first time in the theatre's history.

“We will be able to show some great movies and ... going forward, we're going to be building on that with our live events and live programming down the road,” said John.

All COVID protocols must be adhered to, and COVID passports are required.

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