Centre seating configuration changing

Doug Gallant
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Donald Fraser directs the orchestra and choir in the Confederation Centre of the Arts' Homburg Theatre. Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown is expected to make an announcement in the new year involving changes to the seating configuration of the Homburg Theatre.

The changes are expected to include the creation of a centre aisle. The current configuration utilizes only two aisles, one on each side.

Word of the changes came Tuesday night during a concert by The Barra MacNeils.

A member of the popular Cape Breton Celtic act said it was an historic night because their show was to be the last show before the seating configuration changed.

Centre officials contacted Wednesday declined to comment in any great detail on just what the changes would entail.

A spokesman for the centre said the changes were subject to the approval of government funding. He said centre officials would not comment further.

Organizations: Homburg Theatre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Beenthere
    December 21, 2012 - 09:53

    Why not go back to the original 946 prosenium seating better acoustics,better sight lines better exiting .buy the time they remove enough seats to create a centre aisle and cross aisle access it will be a poor bastardization of a wonderful space.

  • Money
    December 20, 2012 - 15:37

    This will cost money. In the present economy, I think it could be on hold for now.

  • Ridiculous
    December 20, 2012 - 12:58

    You people are seriously stupid, is there anything you WON'T complain about!?

      December 21, 2012 - 19:28

      RIDICULOUS, nice complaining!

  • rosieredrose
    December 20, 2012 - 12:20

    I could never understand from the time the centre opened as to why there wasn't a.centre isle. Great place to hold a wedding and everyone could see the celebration. Not a bad seat in the place.!!!!

  • Jakolin
    December 20, 2012 - 12:04

    It sounds like a fantastic idea, if ever(god forbid) a fire was to happen and pandemonium occured, the people in the middle seats would be plowing over the people on the end seats.(Who would blame them) My son and I were there last Saturday for the Wizard of Oz(amazing show, good job everyone) we were on the end of a row, (he's five) if we had to "go" and were in the middle of the aisle, the other people watching would have to endure the process. The seats are too close together and aisles too far apart. Kudos to finally upgrading.

  • arts supporter
    December 20, 2012 - 11:18

    This would be a nice change for the CONFEDERATION CENTRE. I will NEVER call it the Homburg! What an JOKE on the islanders, changing the name. The money donated to the Confed Centre was actually our money and we had the blinders on and changed the name.

    • Not a hater
      December 20, 2012 - 13:37

      it was a private donation that will pay for most of this, You put your money where your mouth is or....... ( love that old Island saying)

  • caringgal
    December 20, 2012 - 11:10

    Isn't this a foolish decision considering the state of the economy?? The best thing the centre could do would be to change back the stupid name "Homburg" theatre.Homburg!!HUMBUG,I say!!

  • SG
    December 20, 2012 - 10:27

    (A spokesman for the centre said the changes were subject to the appraernment funding.) If the Confederation Centre of the Arts does not have the Revenues or Finances to provide for the Expense involved in changing seating than Cancel the Project. Why should Island tax payers have to cover such an Expense?

  • wilfsson
    December 20, 2012 - 09:55

    Amen to that a fabulous idea i have been to many things at the confed and it was always just my luck to get a seat in the very center of the row of seats i can imagine how many toes i stepped on my apologies if i forgot to say sorry to any of you over the years keep up the fantastic work everyone at the confed Merry Xmas to all