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Medicine Hat Library Theatre reopens this month

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The theatre in the lower level of the Medicine Hat Public Library (MHPL)is ready to reopen after being closed for renovations since February 2017.


To celebrate the reopening of their beloved theatre, the MHPL staff and Board have a weekend-long Grand Reopening Celebration planned. On Friday, Nov. 24 the Library is hosting an invitation-only event for those who purchased a theatre seat plaque or made an equivalent or greater donation.
Donors will be the first to see the newly renovated theatre and will enjoy wine, cheese, music, and a humorous talk by author Terry Fallis - two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and winner of CBC Canada Reads in 2011.
“Thanks to the generosity for which our community is known, all of the 150 seats in our theatre have name plaques. But you can still get an invitation to attend the private reopening event,” explains Shelley Ross, MHPL’s Chief Librarian. “Although we are very close to completing the renovation debt-free, your donations will continue to be graciously accepted – a donation of $125 will get you two tickets to the reopening event.”
On Saturday, Nov. 25 a family-friendly event starts at 1 p.m. with ribbon cutting, cake, magic by Trevor Moore, and the film Despicable Me 3 (rated G).
“The family-friendly event will be a fun way for us to show-off the newly renovated theatre to our faithful Saturday matinee patrons, and perhaps some new faces as well,” said Ross. 
Despicable Me 3, not yet available on DVD, is graciously sponsored by RBC Royal Bank Medicine Hat Market.
On Sunday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Despicable Me 3 will play again, but this time, it’s exclusively for children with sensory processing disorders like autism.
“Once a month we show a popular G-rated film twice – once as our regular matinee and once as a sensory screening. We added the program to our regular line-up after it was requested by one of our regular patrons for her son. We know there are other individuals or families in our community who may benefit from our lights up, sound down, everyone welcome screenings, and we hope to see them at the reopening,” describes Ross.
Apart from the reopening weekend, the Library is also partnering with the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (ACDI) to celebrate the theatre’s new accessibility features which, according to Ross include “the city’s first T-Loop for those with hearing aids, and accessible seating options for those with strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs.”
On Thursday, Dec. 7 visit the Library at 12:30 p.m. to tour the theatre, work with specialists to fully utilize your hearing aids, enjoy coffee and snacks, and stay for the film Mr. Holland’s Opus (rated PG) at 1:30 p.m.
 “After the reopening weekend, the new-and-improved theatre will be available to rent for your next movie night, recital, play, performance or other event. Room rental information is available on our website at mhpl.shortgrass.ca,” said Ross. 

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