The Baby Grand to resume operations for small audiences

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The City of Kingston’s Baby Grand Theatre is set to reopen for audiences of up to 20 people, starting on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

“We are very excited to start to welcome small live audiences and performers back to the Baby Grand stage,” said Dianne Zemba, Theatre Manager for the Kingston Grand Theatre.

“The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and employees is of the utmost importance,” Zemba said. “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. We are committed to keeping those who use and attend the space safe.”

In coordination with public health guidelines, the City of Kingston says it has developed comprehensive reopening plans to ensure safe public access for to the venue. These protocols 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

The full protocols can be found on the Kingston Grand Theatre website.

Reduced rental fees

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help groups interested in using the space, the City has temporarily reduced rental fees for the Baby Grand until December 31, 2020.

Full day rental charges range from $55 to $418 dollars, depending on the type of group. The full list of 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 [email protected]. 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 750 seat Regina Rosen Auditorium will remain closed until further notice.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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