Movies Returning Soon!

We are moving into the HD world!


As you know our projector died on us this summer. Because the model hasn’t been produced for over three years it really isn’t worth trying to fix. So we have ordered a new projector.  But there’s a catch to a new projector…it needed a new screen to match to it. I’ve found out the two are inseparable in today’s technology.

Because our focus is on performing arts, and movies are a means to insure a steady flow of funds, we have decided to go with an automatic screen that will be mounted in front of the curtain. But don’t worry, it’s still going to be BIG. And now it will be in the centre without any obstruction to the view.  This also allows us to get the projector off the ceiling and mount it in an accessible location.

We weren’t budgeting on this rather large bill this year. If anyone would like to contribute to our projector/screen fund we will be most appreciative.

Email if you require anymore information.


Happy Birthday to Us!

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Happy 5th Birthday

Gate House Community Association!

Please join us in celebrating our 5th Birthday. We are cutting the cake @4:00 pm followed by live music and a free movie @5:30.

The Never-Ending Story

1984, PG, 1 hour 42 minutes


2nd Run Movies Disappearing…

From our inception, almost 5 years ago, Gate House Community Association has strived to present our community with weekly Pre-Release Movies.

What is a Pre-Release movie, you ask? It is a movie that is in between playing at the big cinemas and not yet on DVD or Digital Download. During this window of time the copyright holding companies in Canada, Criterion Pic and Audio Cine Films, release it to second run theatres, community groups, etc for Public Performance. Of course we pay for the privilege. However, this window is quickly disappearing.

What is happening is that studios are no longer allowing for a pre-release time. They release straight to DVD/Digital. Also, Criterion Pic used to be a more local company but has been swallowed up by an international conglomerate and closed all offices except those in the Toronto area. This has greatly affected the communication and care for small community theatres such as we are. We simply make no dent in their bottom line and are, quite likely, not worth the trouble. In other words, they do not go out of their way to help us.

So we are struggling to supply our community with weekly quality, relevant, Pre-Release Movies. At this point we have nothing to show Friday June 24th.

So here’s the question:



Why ‘Community’ is in our name.

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This week is gearing up to be the busiest week we’ve ever had at Gate House Theatre. And it’s mostly “Community” events.

Wednesday and Thursday we are hosting two separate community groups that work with various members of the North Island as they add some ‘theatre time’ to their programs.

Friday and Saturday nights we have the block buster new Star Wars movie


Saturday we are hosting an Emotional Day Spa workshop.

There have also been numerous volunteers working on our new curtains and sets and props and costumes and rehearsals for our Spring production – A Night With Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet – April 29, 30 @ 7:00 pm and May 1 @ 2:30.

With all the buzzing around you’d think it was Spring or something!

Liking the Likes

I am thrilled we have 169 likes – 7 new this week- on our Facebook Page, Gate House Community Association. That’s amazing! We also have 339 members – 2 new – on our Facebook Group, Gate House Theatre.
I know our little project (getting the arts into our community) is gaining traction. I still dream of the day that ALL the ARTS are represented … photography, painting, animation, film making, theatre, dance, mixed media, spoken word, cultural dance and storytelling, music, musicals …. etc etc etc!
Of course this all takes money, people, volunteers, vision, and did I say people and money?
We just had our Membership Meeting. Individual membership is 25.00 for the year. Corporate Membership is a monthly contribution.
We’re still working out the benefit package for individual members, besides the voting rights at the AGM (late June 2016). Corporate members benefit with advertising in our programs. 
I can’t help wondering what our organization would look like if all these likes and group members turned into memberships … considering the likes are probably members of the group let’s look at the group numbers … 339 x 25 = 8475.00 … That is a lot of moola!
We could order the tracking that is needed for our new side curtains. We could pay for the materials needed to finish our 2 storage rooms. We could project into the future further improvements such as an automatic screen, new projector, produce a big well known musical, put on a music and/or one act play festival….. the ideas are endless.  We would also have the membership numbers that may finally get the attention of the various grant applications we fill out.
Can our Facebook members and likes turn into paid memberships? Yes! It’s easy.  Fill our the form, write a cheque or bring the cash to the next movie night. Let’s do this!

2015 Community Arts Award

It’s funny how the mind works. I never dreamed of pre-writing an acceptance/thank-you speech when I was informed of Gate House Community Association’s two nominations for the Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards.

I guess I should have. Gate House Theatre – which is the building we inhabit and where all the action takes place – was awarded 2015 The Community Arts Award. I go to the podium, never shy to say something, however instead of a list of thank you I rambled a bit on our journey in bring the Arts to the North Island. I may even have unconsciously chastised the attendees for not showing up to certain events.

Obviously this was never my intent. So please indulge me as I give a proper acceptance/thank-you speech.

Thank you Chamber of Commerce and everyone who voted for us. This is truly an honour. We are passionate about the Arts and grateful for the opportunity to showcase, instruct, and support the Arts in all their varied and wonderful ways.

Gate House Community Association is run by a dedicated board, a part time manager, numerous student staff, and of course members. Thank you to our membership, both individual and corporate. We literally would not exist without you.

I also want to thank every one who’s ever bought a ticket and warmed a seat in the theatre, also to everyone who’s rented the facility for birthday parties, recitals and corporate events. And last but certainly not least to General Properties. We are truly thankful for you continued support.

September Is Going To Be HOT at Gate House Theatre…

Well, well, well… after a summer of slump in good available movies (with the odd exception) September is gearing up to be AMAZING.
Here’s the list:
Friday Sept 4 – Jurassic World

Friday Sept 11 & Sat Sept 12 – Inside Out

Friday Sept 18th – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday Sept 25th – Spy


Saturday Sept 19th – Magic Mike XXL

So the question is:

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