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Yates Project Update

The latest update from the Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre renovation has the project on budget, however, extensive remediation of old building material will extend the construction timelines. 

The theatre, which was originally slated to reopen next spring, is now anticipated to open in July 2018. Like many buildings of this era, some material contains asbestos and requires specialized removal processes to ensure safety and adherence to environmental requirements.

Groups that use the Yates theatre on a regular basis have been notified of this change, and the City is working with them to help secure alternative space.

Despite the delay, the project does remain on budget as improvements are made to increased performance capabilities and enhance the audience experience. This work includes upgraded mechanical and electrical systems, a fire sprinkler system, performance audio/visual systems, acoustic treatments, upgraded finishes like paint, flooring and ceilings, catwalk relocation, dressing room revisions, seating replacements and roof replacement.

In November 2016, City Council approved advancing additional renovations to the Yates after receiving $3.5 million from the Federal government's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

This funding allowed work that was already planned, to be done sooner, including changes that will make the facility more accessible. This includes barrier-free washroom upgrades, the addition of elevators, signage and a concrete floor under the auditorium.

The Yates closed to the public in September 2017, including the ticket centre. Ticket purchases or inquiries can still be made by calling (403) 329-7328, in-person at the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre (2510 Scenic Drive South) or online at

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Media Contacts: 

Regarding construction contact:
Rob Villeneuve
Project Manager, City of Lethbridge
Phone: (403) 320-4028 | email:

Regarding facility operations contact:
Jason Freund
Recreation Services Manager, City of Lethbridge
Phone: 320-3014 | Email:‚Äč