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Vernon Towne Theatre is trying to recuperate losses caused by neighbouring business fire

Theatre asking for help

The local non-profit Vernon Towne Theatre faces uncertainty after an early February fire temporarily shut it down.

The local theatre, a staple in the community of Vernon, is looking for some help, in the hopes of recuperating damages caused by a neighbouring business' fire.

The theatre has been closed since Feb. 10, after the fire caused smoke damage and broken glass.

On their GoFundMe page, the town theatre calls this an "unfortunate and badly-timed speed bump," as they have just seen business start to spike again after undergoing renovations last fall.

Even though the fire was not in their business and they are insured, the theatre and society face unexpected losses in the tens of thousands of dollars, including deductibles, increased premiums, lost business and more.

The society hopes they can open the theatre doors by the end of the month, but there is still no word on an exact date.

All funds received through the fundraiser will go to the Okanagan Screen Arts Society. So far, the fundraiser has received $1,770 of its $25,000 goal.



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