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'Renovate The Ward Theatre'

Published:Monday | December 17, 2012
Students from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts performed a dance outside the Ward Theatre which celebrated its 100th anniversary yesterday.-Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Barbara Gloudon, chairman of the Little Theatre Movement, has called for the urgent renovation the 100-year-old Ward Theatre.

Gloudon, a renowned journalist, said at yesterday's centenary celebration for the Ward Theatre at Parade, downtown Kingston, noted that the facility created a platform from which many persons could express themselves in developing the country's culture.

"I plead with you to get the Ward back in position that people may come here and do what they do best, which is to enjoy the arts and culture," Gloudon said.

"The situation with the Ward in this condition is clearly not fair; it cannot continue," she added.

The Ward Theatre, established in 1912, was donated to the city of Kingston and is one of the largest indoor theatres. It has been the venue for numerous elaborate theatrical presentations.

The theatre has suffered from wear and tear over the last three decades and now cries out for a new beginning.