Forever Home

Rapid Fire Theatre is Moving to our Forever Home in Old Strathcona!

After many years of searching for the perfect space, we have now signed a 40-year lease for TELUS’ Strathcona Exchange Building located at 10437 – 83 Ave. Originally built in 1908 as a phone exchange building for the City of Strathcona, in 1987, this space was transformed into the Telephone Historical Information Centre, a museum all about telephones. Since the museum relocated in 2004, the space has served as both a makeshift theatre venue for the Edmonton Fringe Festival and the headquarters for the Edmonton Pride Festival Society.

 

Throughout our entire history, we have operated out of many beloved venues, including Theatre Network’s space “in the shadow of the Coliseum,” the old Phoenix Theatre downtown, the old Varscona Theatre in Old Strathcona, the Avenue Theatre on 118 ave and most recently the Citadel Theatre downtown. We have shared each of these spaces with other companies, and after 41 years of growth, we are in need of a dedicated space for all of our weekly improv shows, festivals and educational programming.

Rapid Fire Theatre has been looking for its Forever Home for a number of years. It is such an honour to be a part of this project and watch this new Edmontonian landmark take shape.

General Manager Sarah Huffman

This lease opportunity will provide much-needed performance, educational, and administrative space for RFT and it will help us solidify our presence in Edmonton’s cultural scene for the next 40 years and beyond. We have already begun the exciting work of transforming this former phone exchange-turned-museum into a purpose-built improv theatre! Once this space has been renovated, it will provide us with unlimited access, an ideal location to reach our fans, and a tremendous potential to expand our existing programming beyond what we currently offer, allowing us to provide more fantastic experiences for our audiences!

It’s such a rare thing to find a theatre space designed primarily for improv. Our new home has been designed to create incredible experiences for both audiences and performers. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Artistic Director Matt Schuurman

Help us fuel the fire by making a donation to support the construction of our new home! 

Thank You

Thanks to all these folks for their help in shaping our future home:

Brendan Trayner, Jarrett Campbell, Amir Reshef, Jeff Martens, Garth Crump, Brett Miller, Erin Birkenbergs, Ian Benbow, Mike Strandberg, Patrick Chorley, Stephen Faust, Andrea Ruether, Aaron Bonifacio, Dean Schnelback, Jason Deboski, Lucas Specht, Todd Worrell, Karen Brown Fournell, Rhonda Newman, CK Dhaliwal, Lalita Nault, Kelsie Acton, Josh Languedoc, Bradley Moss, Chris Kavanagh, Brad Fisher, and all visioning session attendees.

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