The Old Church Theatre is the perfect size for an intimate concert venue. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook

The Old Church Theatre is the perfect size for an intimate concert venue. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook

New management, new vision for Courtenay’s Old Church Theatre

The Old Church Theatre at Eighth Street and Harmston Avenue is coming back to life, thanks to Doug Cox.

“The lease was finalized last week,” Cox said.

Cox, who is also the artistic director and executive producer of Vancouver Island MusicFest, said ever since he rented the venue years ago for a few productions, he’s had a desire to manage the facility.

“I’ve always thought that was a gorgeous room, and I’ve always fantasized about using it for various things,” he said. “It’s just a ‘very right’ time for this to happen.”

The timing is perfect. The Comox Valley has always been a cornucopia of musical and theatric talent, but the pandemic has created a shortage of venues for performers.

“The Cumby (Cumberland Hotel) closed down, the Avalanche closed down, and I realized that there just aren’t any venues around here anymore for music, other than the Sid, which is just simply too big for a lot of things,” said Cox.

The Old Church Theatre Society, which owns and runs the building, has entered into a partnership with Cox to run the theatre, and be the artistic director of the theatre.

So what can fans expect, once the doors reopen?

Music, theatre, improv, and more, said Cox.

“It’s going to be a mix of international touring artists, and plays, and comedians as well. It’s going to have a mixture of (all those things).

“I’ve always wanted to see theatre here in the Comox Valley – there has always been musical theatre since I have been here, but I’ve never seen alternative theatre, modern theatre, fringe theatre so to speak,” he said.

Cox expects shows to begin in January. Visit the website – oldchurchcourtenay.com – for more information.


terry.farrell@comoxvalleyrecord.com
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The Old Church Theatre will be coming to life again under the artistic direction of Doug Cox. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook

The Old Church Theatre will be coming to life again under the artistic direction of Doug Cox. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook