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Regent Theatre sponsors take centre stage

The Regent Theatre thanks its sponsors for the coming year: Back row, from left: Chris Skinner (Scotiabank), Don Stanton (McDougall Insurance), Jeff Jones (Currah’s Café and Catering), Dan Claxton (Dan Claxton Electric Ltd), Laurie Gruer (Chestnut Park), Mark Davis (Whattam Funeral Home), Sam Simone (Chestnut Park), Mark Busscher (Home Hardware), Sandy Murray (Reynolds & Murray); Middle row: John Carney (Prinzen Ford Sales), Elyse Cleave (Cleave Energy), Amanda Roblin (Acoustic Grill), Elizabeth (Libby) Crombie (Royal LePage), Ashley Kowacz (Clapp & Jackson), Alexandra Bake (Gilbert & Lighthall and Books & Company), Anne House (Mad Dog Gallery), Bob Evans (C F Evans Lumber); Front: Sue Capon and Amber Martin (, Brian Sinclair (Sobeys), Dr. Reenu Sandhu and her children Naisha and Shabad (Picton Dental Clinic), Andy Feller (Blumen). Sponsors unavailable on photo day: Canadian Tire, Oeno Gallery, Bay of Quinte Mutual, Essroc and Printcraft. Peggy deWitt photo

After more than three months of renovations and the support of sponsors, The Regent Theatre is set to celebrate its official re-opening May 6-8.
Friday, May 6 at 8 pm Dean Hollin presents ‘For the Love o’ Nat’. Accompanied by a live jazz trio another of his popular ‘Musical Biographies’ – featuring larger-than-life images of Mr. Cole and featuring no less than two dozen of Nat’s many hits including Mona Lisa, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Route 66, Smile, L-O-V-E, and Unforgettable!

Saturday, May 7 The Regent will be presenting four free movies beginning at 10 a.m. (The King’s Speech will also be shown free on Friday, May 6th at 1 pm).
The movies are:
Yogi Bear, starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nate Corddry, Andrew Daly
Show time: 10 am (80 minutes);
The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton Showtime: 12:30pm (101 minutes)
Avatar, starring Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver Showtime: 3pm (162 minutes)
The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi
Showtime(s) (118 minutes) Friday May 6th at 1 pm and Saturday May 7th at 7 pm

Sunday, May 8
An afternoon of live local talent on stage starting at 1-4 pm includes: Picton Rising star performers Instant Rivalry, Tatyana Sylla, Amy Sedore, Becky Elliott, Gavin Massey, Katie Shannon, Cole Foster Lynd, Cole Norton, Abby Chapman and Amy Rutherford. This event will be hosted by Jeanette Arsenault.
In addition, Jeanette, Fraser Hardman, Mark McGreevy and Judy Fraser will perform duets and group songs previously performed with the Rising Stars at the Songs for a Winter’s Night Concert held at St. Andrew’s Church over the Christmas season.

Council endorses Regent Theatre’s ‘stadium’ liquor licence application

By Ross Lees
Prince Edward County council endorsed the Regent Theatre gaining a “stadium licence” from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
The Regent’s Alan Whitely told council the stadium licence would expand the area in which alcoholic beverages could be consumed within the downtown Picton theatre.
Previous licences allowed for alcoholic beverages to be served and consumed at the wine bar or in the lobby. With the stadium designation, patrons may take their drinks back to their theatre seats.
“Because this is a new sort of policy, the AGCO requires council to pass a resolution supporting it,” Whitely said.
Councillor Bev Campbell asked about the risks associated with the proposed new designation. Whitely said there were some, but the AGCO monitors events closely. The Regent does not want drinking drivers or  drinks circulating when there are under age people in the theatre.
“I can tell you that the AGCO has considered all these things. If we were granted a stadium endorsement on the licence, it’s also mandatory that the containers the people use to take into the auditorium are recyclable paper or plastic,” he said, explaining neither the AGCO or the Regent wanted to add danger to a situation with glassware.
“We must give the AGCO notice of each event we wish to use this particular licence, so if, for example, we were showing Toy Story on a Saturday afternoon, we wouldn’t get consent from the AGCO,” he said.
Whitely said the new licence designation would just about double their financial intake at events, thus creating less reliability on council for funding each year, prompting councillor Dianne O’Brien to respond, “This is a very enterprising approach.”
Councillor Brian Marisett wondered if there would be any additional liability to the municipality, but commissioner of recreation, parks and culture Barry Braun thought liability would be no different than a special occasion permit.

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