New management, new vision for the Old Church Theater in Courtenay – Comox Valley Record

The Old Church Theater on Eighth Street and Harmston Avenue comes back to life thanks to Doug Cox.

“The lease was finalized last week,” Cox said.

Cox, who is also artistic director and executive producer of Vancouver Island MusicFest, said that since renting the venue years ago for a few productions, he has had a desire to manage the facility.

“I always thought it was a beautiful piece and always dreamed of using it for various things,” he said. “It’s just a ‘very good’ time for this to happen.”

The timing is perfect. The Comox Valley has always been a cornucopia of musical and theatrical talent, but the pandemic has created a shortage of venues for performers.

“The Cumby (Cumberland Hotel) closed, the Avalanche closed, and I realized there were no more venues here for music, other than the Sid, which is just too big for a lot of people. things. Cox said.

The Old Church Theater Society, which owns and manages the building, has partnered with Cox to manage the theater and be the artistic director of the theater.

So what can fans expect once the doors open?

Music, theater, improvisation and more, Cox said.

“It will be a mix of artists on international tours, plays and actors as well. There is going to be a mixture of (all of these things).

“I’ve always wanted to see theater here in the Comox Valley – there’s always been musical theater since I’ve been here, but I’ve never seen alternative theater, modern theater, fringe theater for that matter. say, ”he said.

Cox expects the shows to begin in January. Visit the website – – for more information.

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The Old Church Theater will come back to life under the artistic direction of Doug Cox. Photo via Doug Cox / Facebook

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