Lighthouse Productions Inc. has been successful in obtaining funding from the Grand Bank Development Corporation (GBDC) to purchase the former Pentecostal church in the community.
“The next step now is GBDC doing a letter of offer to Lighthouse Productions,” explained Coun. Jack Burfitt, chair of the board of directors for Lighthouse Productions Inc.
Lighthouse Productions Inc. operates the Grand Bank Theatre.
“Our loan has been approved by GBDC, that was approved late yesterday,” Burfitt told The Southern Gazette on Wednesday, April 3. “So we’ll be moving ahead from here on in and everything should be ready for our season come the first of July.”
On Dec. 5, 2018, Lighthouse Productions Inc. signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador to buy the former church.
Burfitt said for the the upcoming season the plan is to only use the upstairs portion of the facility.
“By that time, we’ll have plans put in place so that we can start doing some work down in the lower section, because that’s eventually where we’ll be having our dinners and having our shows upstairs.”
He added to prepare for the upcoming season the pews will have to be removed and seating will be installed, as well as lighting and audio equipment, work that Burfitt hopes will begin in May.
The board will also have to apply for an occupancy changeover for this season, which will allow them to operate in the building, while waiting for additional applications to be submitted.
“We’ll do the other application once we start doing the renovation, because that takes in a lot more detail.”