St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre gets $3 million donation

April 7, 2015
The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre has attracted a $3 million sponsor for naming rights.

The centre will announce the donor and unveil the official name Wednesday near the St. Paul St. site.

"It's going to be great news tomorrow," said Peter Partridge, chair of the Performing Arts Centre fundraising cabinet Tuesday.

The gift is the largest for the art centre's capital campaign.

Currently under construction, the $60 million centre at the corner of Carlisle St. and St. Paul St. is scheduled to open this fall.

The 95,000 square feet building holds four venues a concert hall, recital hall, dance theatre and film theatre. It's adjacent to Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Executive director Steve Solski has said previously that more than 500 events have already been booked in the facility.

The centre is being built with $18 million each from federal and provincial governments and $19 million from the City of St. Catharines. The remaining $5 million for the capital was to be raised in the community.

Money above the capital from the community campaign will be used to create a sustainability fund, Partridge said.

Partridge and wife Janet gave $1 million in April 2013 and the concert hall grand theatre was named Partridge Hall. Cairns Recital Hall and the Robertson Theatre were named after St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake families who donated $500,000 each.

Naming rights are still available for the 187-seat film theatre for $500,000.

Donors of $10,000 can be recognized on a wall in the Algoma Central Corp. Community Lobby. Donors can also name seats in three of the venues for $500. 

The St. Catharines Standard

By Karena Walter
St. Catharines Standard file photo