Baby Grand set to reopen to live performances

October 16, 2020

Kingston Grand Theatre is reopening the Baby Grand, a black box theatre, as a community rental space for live performances for small audiences of up to 20 people. Kingston Grand Theatre has been closed since March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19. The 750 seat Regina Rosen Auditorium will remain closed to public performances until further notice. 

In coordination with public health guidelines, the City of Kingston has developed comprehensive reopening plans and protocols to ensure safe access for the public to the venue. These protocols provide safety measures for events and gatherings in the Baby Grand that include guidelines on:

  • Physical distancing
  • Hand hygiene
  • Respiratory etiquette
  • Face coverings
  • Enhanced environmental cleaning
  • Disinfection plans
  • Performance-specific information on tickets and box office
  • Modified programming
  • Patron health screening

These protocols can be found on the Kingston Grand Theatre website.

“We are very excited to start to welcome small live audiences and performers back to the Baby Grand stage,” says Dianne Zemba, Theatre Manager, Kingston Grand Theatre. “The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and employees is of the utmost importance and as we navigate the constantly changing outlook for recovery, we have developed extensive protocols, tools and practices that support a safe reopening of our venue and we are committed to keeping those who use and attend the space safe.”

Due to COVID-19 and to help groups interested in using the space, the City has temporarily reduced rental fees for the Baby Grand until December 31, 2020. The updated fees and charges can be found on the Kingston Grand Theatre rentals webpage. All rental requests can be submitted to Dianne Zemba, Theatre Manager at dzemba@cityofkingston.ca. The Box Office is also available by phone at 613-530-2050 between 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The use of the Baby Grand must adhere to all public health guidelines and Kingston Grand Theatre health and safety protocols and procedures. More information on how to prepare for your visit can be found on the Kingston Grand Theatre COVID-19 webpage.

In the coming weeks, the City’s Cultural Services department will be announcing a virtual curated Grand OnStage program and a community program that engages and provides opportunities to local artists.  All programs will be delivered in adherence with the Kingston Grand Theatre reopening protocols.

Watch for changes to other municipal pandemic measures over the coming weeks. Sign up for City Matters to receive pandemic-related updates on City services directly in your email.

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