Surrey lecture theatre opened

Nov 03, 2005, vol. 34, no. 6
By Terry Lavender

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A lively debate on whether to twin the Port Mann Bridge served as the public debut for a new state-of-the-art lecture theatre at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

The 200-seat theatre was completed in August and has been used for classes in the fall term. But it's also available for community events, says campus director Joanne Curry.

So far the theatre, which features surround sound and the latest in multimedia equipment, has been used for the debate hosted by the Livable Region Coalition (a group opposed to the so-called Gateway project, a provincial initiative to ease congestion by twinning the Port Mann and doubling the lanes of the Trans-Canada highway), and by the Liberal Party of Canada, which used the venue to hold a cabinet policy conference.

“The theatre is available for SFU lectures as well as for outside groups,” says Curry. “We encourage evening and weekend lectures on such topics as urban development, transportation, crime and safety and multiculturalism.”

The theatre is located on the mezzanine level of SFU Surrey's new campus at Central City in Surrey.

The rest of the campus is still under construction and is scheduled to open next Sept. 8. When completed, the mezzanine will serve as a gathering place for students, faculty, staff and public, with a coffee bar, the SFU bookstore and student services located on this level, along with the theatre.

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