The Reid Theatre was built in 1961 as a key component of the new Arts and Administration Building of Memorial University. It was constructed with a vision to create a cultural and community space that would be at the heart of a provincial university and a vibrant city.
Over the course of its colourful history, the Reid Theatre hosted a diverse range of performances and events, including local theatre, music and drama festivals, film screenings, artistic celebrations and awards presentations, orchestra and opera workshops, and cultural galas. It also provided a platform to showcase Newfoundland and Labrador’s dynamic performing arts scene including artists who have gone on to national and international fame.
In February 2012, the Reid Theatre was closed due to health and safety concerns. Up to that point, the Theatre was operated by the Department of English Language and Literature under the direction of the Dean of Arts office.
In 2013 a comprehensive study of the Reid’s physical structure was commissioned. The study (which involved architects, engineers and theatre design consultants) determined that a thorough renovation of the facility would be required.
A pan-university committee was created in 2014, including representatives from the Faculty of Arts (now Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), Facilities Management, the School of Graduate Studies, the Office of Public Engagement, the Department of English Language and Literature and Alumni Affairs and Development.
The mandate of that committee was to make recommendations on the future of the Theatre, including the design, budget, and specifications of a new and improved Reid Theatre. These recommendations were based on consultations with members of the St. John's theatre community.
A steering committee is currently working with a local architectural firm to complete work on the conceptual stage of the Reid Theatre re-design. When this is finalized there will be further public consultations scheduled.
If you have any questions about the consultations please contact Taylor Stocks.