What a good idea the outcome of the election by the students at CEAP, as highlighted by reporter Carli Berry’s story (The NEWS, June 23).
Around 25 years ago, we had a theatre in Parksville, right beside the Dairy Queen. It was quickly torn down to make a larger parking lot for the pharmacy with promises by whomever to rebuild another. Rumors at the time said that it would be located at the Wembley mall.
Of course none of this ever happened. The ECHO Theater in Qualicum Beach at one time was a theatre as well.
Imagine the economic benefits if a theatre was built in this area. I know when we often go to a show in Nanaimo we also shop. This area does not get any of this money. My daughter goes to the movie theatre a lot with her friends and they are very excited about a theatre here.
Think of all that money staying in this area, never mind giving the youth something more to do here. I remember around 10 years ago the manager of the Sunset Inn in Qualicum Beach put in a theatre and it was a huge success.
However the useless council at the time killed it quickly for some reason or another.
I agree with the results of the student vote and think a theatre in the old firehall is a really great idea.
A single theatre would work, but there possibly may be room in there for a twin cinema, as well as the café/bookstore the students suggested. Come on ‘oh great present council,’ lets see if you can make this happen.
Sterling StumpQualicum Beach