Brandon University has acquired a key piece of property in the Wheat City’s downtown for the bargain price of $1.
BU has bought up the Strand Theatre in the 100 block of 10th Street from Landmark Cinemas.
“Landmark Cinemas has been entertaining the movie-goers of Brandon and district since the 1970s and in a small way this is our opportunity to give back to the community which has supported Landmark so well for so many years,” said BU president Gervan Fearon.
The purchase will expand the university’s footprint outside of its current 18th Street campus, allowing for additional opportunities and the revitalization of the downtown core.
“We’re excited to see the plans as they develop, and happy to work with faculty and administration to find the best use for this needed space,” said Brandon University Students’ Union president Nick Brown.
“We already have some ideas, such as student residences and student family housing, which would be ideal given the location right across from Princess Park and recreational facilities.”
Plans for the space will take shape over the coming months as BU works with the university community, the City of Brandon, Renaissance Brandon and other partners to refine plans for the future use of the property through innovative partnerships and prudent fiscal management.
The Strand Theatre has been vacant since 2005. It was originally built in 1916.