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Yates Renewal (D-8)

Current Status Complete
Timeline 2016 - 2018
Location1002 - 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge
Project Update

September 2018: The theatre space is nearing completion and the finishing work in the public spaces is in full swing. The first scheduled show for the renovated Yates is planned for September 12, 2018.

On Monday, September 10, the Yates Ticket Centre will re-open with general hours Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. 

On September 17, 2018, City Council voted to amend the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget to increase the City's funding of the project from $3.65 million to 4.21 million. 

June 2018: The renovation of the Yates Theatre is now at the drywall stage and it is exciting to see things being put back together. The Yates Theatre and ticket centre are scheduled to re-open in September 2018 and the Sterndale Bennett Theatre is scheduled to be complete in December, 2018. 

May, 2018: A series of changes to the mechanical work required at the Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre, along with a supply shortage of specialized construction material, will further delay the re-opening of the theatre. The facility, which was scheduled to reopen in mid-July, is now estimated to open in September, 2018. 

March, 2018: ​If the construction outside the Yates Theatre has you curious about the upcoming renovations, then plan to attend the City's Yates renovation update. City of Lethbridge staff will be joined by Songer Architecture Inc. to share design concepts and answer questions from the public about the redevelopment of the Yates and Sterndale Bennett Theatres.

Yates Renovation Update
City Hall Foyer | March 13, 2018
Drop-in | 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

January 2018: 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 in the 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.

September, 2017: As the last of the summer performances wrap up at the Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre, the doors will close for several month to complete exciting theatre upgrades.

As of Tuesday, September 5, that facility will no longer be accessible to the public. Site renovations have been ongoing for several months, working around the still operational theatre space. The site now requires a complete closure for construction work in the theatre spaces.

About the Project

This project includes the upgrades and renovations of the Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre and the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.  Functional upgrades are required to enhance the amenities provided to the spectators and user groups and to improve the overall quality of the musical and theatrical performances.

Upgrades and Renovations include:


  • Mechanical and electrical system upgrades
  • Installation of fire sprinkler systems
  • Performance audio/visual system upgrades
  • Acoustic treatments
  • Barrier free washroom
  • Addition of elevators
  • Concrete floor addition underneath auditorium
  • Catwalk relocation
  • Dressing room revisions
  • Seating replacements
  • Roofing replacements
  • Signage
  • Upgraded finishes; such as, painting, flooring and ceilings 

The Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre was constructed in 1966 and has served as the home of the Lethbridge Musical Theatre, New West Theatre, school performances and dance festivals for many years.  Most of the electrical systems are original as well as many of the mechanical systems.  The functional layout of the building is very challenging as some of the spaces do not meet functional requirements.  In addition, the washroom spaces do not meet current code requirements. 

In 1990, the 180 seat Sterndale Bennett Theatre was added to the facility as a rehearsal space; however this area is also used for bookings.

These upgrades and renovations will allow the building to meet current functional requirements as well as address accessibility and code issues.  Mechanical and electrical upgrades will contribute to a more efficient and easier to maintain building environment.  Diamond Schmitt Architects were contracted to provide a functional assessment and recommendations from their final report will form the basis for the upgrade plan. 



City of Lethbridge$4,210,000
MSI Grant


Canada Cultural Spaces Fund$3,500,000
Total $13,960,000


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