The SWT Lyceum Theatre in Gull Lake is still aiming for its fundraising goal in order to renovate its space.
They have had quite a bit of success, so far accumulating $160,000 of their $270,00 goal.
Cole Girodat, the general manager for the SWT Lyceum Theatre, has been blown away by the support of the southwest Saskatchewan community.
"We're going to have a big wall of thanks for everyone that's contributed," said Girodat. "It's going to be in the form of a wall of movie credits. The bigger donors will have things like executive producers and lead cast. All the other guys get thanked too with associate producer and supporting cast labels, so everyone does get thanked."
The project itself is a modernization of their entry space. That means expanding into some unused room adjacent to them, updating the concession, modernizing the washrooms, and making the building more accessible for mobility-impaired individuals.
One of their biggest supporters is their naming rights partner, Southwest Terminals (SWT). They purchased the naming rights of the Lyceum Theatre, with that undisclosed amount going towards the renovation project.
"It feels great that SWT, which is a huge name in the area, thought we were worth this honour," said Girodat. "Them putting their name on our building and us representing them and them representing us, it's a huge opportunity."
Plenty of other local bodies have stepped up to help the Theatre. In Gull Lake, it seems like virtually every business has been able to lend a hand in the funding efforts.
"But not only that, other southwest businesses as well have come forward," shared Girodat. "Everyone just seems really excited to see some updates on this building."
For now, they are getting ready to announce their next big fundraising project next week. Folks should keep an ear out for that from both the SWT Lyceum Theatre and Swift Current Online.
If folks want to donate to the Theatre before then or at any other point in time, they can do so by visiting the SWT Lyceum Theatre in person, or they can give Girodat a call at 306-672-4240.