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Art centres in abundance

A letter writer believes Surrey is already well-served when it comes to live entertainment venues, and doesn’t need a performing arts centre in City Centre. - Leader file photo
A letter writer believes Surrey is already well-served when it comes to live entertainment venues, and doesn’t need a performing arts centre in City Centre.
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I read Frank Bucholtz’s column in The Surrey-North Delta Leader on  Feb. 2 about a proposed new performing arts centre. I totally agree with his comments.

Enough is enough. I was involved with the fundraising committee for the Bell Centre at Sullivan Heights Secondary School, and thoroughly admired the Surrey school board for having the gumption to create this wonderful performing arts centre. It is well located and is easily accessible, with wonderful, free on-site parking.

I would not like to see it suffer in bookings; the audiences there are growing, but need time to flourish. There are many other performing arts venues already in Surrey – the Pattison Auditorium (in the north, but with ample parking), the Surrey Arts Centre (centrally located with good parking), Peace Portal Alliance Church and other small theatres, and the Baptist Church in South Surrey on 140 Street, which seats 800 in the sold out White Rock Concert Series by subscription.

Folks who attend these concerts would certainly not be making their way to Surrey Centre.

I will look forward to hearing more about the proposed Surrey City Centre theatre. Why not in the SFU complex? What about the problems of transit and parking for those who would have to drive from everywhere else in Surrey?

I thought Frank’s comments were bang on!

 

Elaine Godwin, Surrey

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