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Committee recommends Halifax put up $50,000 for Neptune Theatre upgrades

The upgrades to Neptune will include new seating, new digital signage, and improvements to the theatre’s box office system.

Actors run through a scene from Neptune Theatre's production of A Year With Frog and Toad last year.

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Actors run through a scene from Neptune Theatre's production of A Year With Frog and Toad last year.

A Halifax committee is recommending regional council give Neptune Theatre a $50,000 grant towards its upcoming renovations.

The upgrades to Neptune will happen during this season and the next, including new seating in both Fountain Hall and Scotiabank Studio, new digital signage, and improvements to the theatre’s box office system.

At its meeting on Thursday, Halifax regional council’s Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee recommended council approve a contribution of $50,000 to the $3.6 million project.

The federal and provincial government announced contributions of nearly $1 million, and $100,000 respectively, in March.

“Our government really believes in the importance of arts and culture,” federal heritage minister Mélanie Joly told reporters after that announcement.

She said arts and culture are important to her government’s “economic growth vision,” and that people like those involved in Neptune are an important part of Canada’s “innovation ecosystem.”

The theatre had asked the municipality for $100,000, but based on municipal policies, plus tax relief and another grant that staff say add up to nearly $500,000 annually, they recommended only granting $50,000.

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