The City of New Westminster is pleased to announce that a long-term lease and working agreement for the operation of the Massey Theatre and Complex has been finalized. The City of New Westminster recently took ownership of the Massey Theatre and adjacent land which previously belonged to the New Westminster School District. MTS has been operating the Massey Theatre for over 40 years on behalf of the School District, and through the new lease, will expand its operational scope to support a diverse range of performing arts programs and services.
The lease and working agreement with the MTS establishes a reciprocally beneficial operating model that aligns with the City’s Strategic Plan, Arts Strategy and Theatre Strategy. The arrangement leverages the specialization, strategic plans, resources, assets, and skills of the Society to deliver services through a unique partnership with the City.
The more than 35,000 square foot leased space includes the existing Massey Theatre as well as the numerous connected adjacent classrooms, band rooms and a small gymnasium which will be repurposed to support a variety of inclusive and contemporary arts, cultural and community uses. The expansion into former school areas surrounding the theatre will enable professional artists to work in multiple disciplines while infusing the community with new cultural opportunities and creative endeavors. Digital media labs are planned along with smaller performance spaces, interdisciplinary festivals and visual arts exhibitions will integrate the space into a lively artistic hub for the Metro Vancouver region. The 1,260 seat Massey Theatre will remain a key performance venue and a driver of large activations within the complex.