Savoy Theatre battered by winter storms, water damage
Water started leaking through roof, facade this week
The iconic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay is facing a hefty repair bill after severe winter weather damaged the roof and the facade of the building, causing rain to start pouring into the theatre.
Pam Leader, the manager of the Savoy, believes the heavy snow and ice piling up on the roof over the past few weeks resulted in the leaking this week.
"On Tuesday once the rain started, it just started coming in everywhere in the seams between the old building and the new building," she said.
"It was sort of like being in a bad movie because everywhere you walked, you really needed a raincoat."
The Savoy Theatre was already planning to spend $300,000 to fix the outside of the building. The bill will now be much higher, though Leader said she doesn't yet know what the cost will be.
Leader said most of the damage is in the balcony and the stairwells.
"The wind is blowing right through because there are sections where you can literally — there was so much water coming in, you can literally put your fingers through to outside. So it's cold," she said.
"It's a big oil bill anyway. We go through 200 litres a day of oil."
Leader said auditions scheduled later this week for the musical Chicago will still go ahead, because the stage area has not been affected.