LINDSAY, ON – December 7, 2021 — Today, FLATO Developments Inc. and Lindsay’s Academy Theatre for Performing Arts announce an exciting new partnership that solidifies a significant investment in Lindsay’s performing arts community.
The Academy Theatre, a longstanding cultural centre in the Kawartha Lakes community, is now renamed the FLATO Academy Theatre Lindsay, thanks to a significant donation from FLATO.
The funds, which total $1.375 million over 15 years, will be used to support the theatre’s long-term growth and sustained revitalization. This donation comes at a time when the arts community has been hard-hit by the economic impact of COVID-19.
“At FLATO, we believe in investing in the communities we serve and we look for opportunities to make the community better for everyone,” said Shakir Rehmatullah, President of FLATO. “In creating this partnership, we are proud to support Lindsay’s arts community and invest in this iconic theatre, which is an integral thread in the fabric of the area and is essential to making the City of Kawartha Lakes such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”
For more than a century, the historic Academy Theatre has been an anchor in the downtown Lindsay community. This intimate space brings together tens of thousands of tourists, community members and aspiring young artists each year. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy Theatre for Performing Arts welcomed 20,000 visitors and close to one hundred performances a year.
“The Academy Theatre is more than just a venue. With year-round programming that inspires, educates and celebrates some of the most talented local and international entertainers, we truly offer something for everyone,” said Mike Piggott, Board Chairman at the FLATO Academy Theatre Lindsay. “This investment recognizes the social, cultural and economic benefits of having such an esteemed venue in the community and we are thrilled to be working with Shakir and his team at FLATO. We’re excited to see the theatre thrive in the years ahead.”
According to the theatre’s board of directors, the donation’s initial allocation will be used to fund priority capital improvements, while the sustained annual funding commitment will help maintain and enhance theatre operations and programming. This substantial investment will help the theatre recover and provide a longer-term horizon for planning.
“This exciting news comes at a time when our arts and culture community is struggling to rebound from the pandemic,” said Andy Letham, Kawartha Lakes Mayor. “The long-term investment by FLATO will be appreciated by residents across Kawartha Lakes and visitors who frequent the Academy Theatre. It’s a great example of community-building.”
FLATO Development Inc. is known for its philanthropic efforts. In recent years, the company has made significant donations to health care, the arts and community organizations, as well as COVID-19-response efforts in the communities in which they build.
About FLATO® Developments Inc.
FLATO® Developments Inc. is a builder of both residential and mixed-use communities. The company offers a full range of home designs, from townhomes and semis to luxury singles and high-rise condominium residences, as well as commercial developments. FLATO® Developments builds across and outside the GTA, currently building homes in Brampton, Beeton, Richmond Hill, Markham, Woodbridge, Caledon, Oakville and Dundalk. For more information, visit flatogroup.com.
To learn more about the FLATO Academy Theatre Lindsay: academytheatre.ca