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Penmar society dream down, but not out

The Penmar Community Arts Society hasn't given up on their hope to turn the former Penmar Theatre into a community arts centre, in spite of the recently failed Kickstarter initiative.
December 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM

PENTICTON - The Penmar Community Arts Society is not giving up on their dream to turn the former Penmar Theatre into a community arts centre.

Following the passing of a deadline last week for a Kickstarter funding campaign, Penmar Society President Kerri Milton says the group who owns the Penmar property needs to have the option to do something else with their property should they get an opportunity. She says they have supported the society for the past three years by allowing them a rent free existence while the society worked to complete renovations to the building.

Milton says should funding become available to complete the renovations, the group could reassume operation of the building. There’s also the potential for the society to purchase the building through a co-op organized to raise funds for the purchase.

She says if the group should lose Penmar, they will continue to look for another location suitable for a multi-purpose performing arts facility.

Milton says the society has received continuous community support since the Kickstarter campaign ended last week. The board is accepting applications for a variety of board positions. Those interested in receiving an application should email

The Penmar Community Arts Society holds their annual general meeting on Dec. 29 at noon at Cowork Penticton, 125 Eckhardt Ave.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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