Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre
Our Rebuilt Space
Early in the morning of July 19th, 2002 the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre at 9 Princess Street East in Waterloo burned to the ground. In just over 15 hours, portions of our 75 year history were destroyed forever. Volunteers embarked on what would turn out to be a seven year journey to rebuild what had been lost. Since insurance would not cover replacement of the theatre, the first step was fundraising - a lot of fundraising. Even as money began trickling in, the members of KWLT began working on the site - tearing down what was left and starting to rebuild.
Rebuilding took much longer than anyone initially predicted. Eventually, however, tangible signs of progress were visible - first walls, then a roof, then bricks, then glass doors. Inside, volunteer workers put up stud walls, ran hundreds of metres of show control cables, scraped floors and did everything else possible to keep costs at a minimum. Professional contractors chipped in at reduced rates and slowly things progressed until finally, on July 9, 2009, almost seven years to the day from the fire, KWLT returned to 9 Princess Street East with a production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Press about our opening
Information on the rebuild
During the rebuild, we kept members and the public informed through twitter, a blog and photos. Those links are here.