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Yates Renewal (D-8)

Current Status Active
Timeline 2016 - 2018
Location1002 - 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge

Project Update

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. 

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 
As renovations advance on the exciting new enhancements to the Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre, the facility's ticket centre is closed until September 2018. Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by phone, online or at the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

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$3,650,000
MSI Grant


Canada Cultural Spaces Fund$3,500,000
Total $13,400,000


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