Friday, 08 December 2017 03:21

Santa lands at Gull Lake Theatre’s annual visit

Written by  Andrea Carol
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2 year old, McKenna of Cabri, Saskatchewan anxiously awaits the arrival of St. Nick at the Lyceum Theatre Annual Santa Day with theatre manager Wendy Klein. 2 year old, McKenna of Cabri, Saskatchewan anxiously awaits the arrival of St. Nick at the Lyceum Theatre Annual Santa Day with theatre manager Wendy Klein. Andrea Carol

Santa Claus came to town Dec. 2 at the Lyceum Theatre in Gull Lake. For more than twenty years, the theatre has hosted an annual Santa Day for members of the community and surrounding area.


The small yet nicely renovated theatre has been in operation since 1912.
After the Lyceum Theatre burned down in 1915, a new theatre was built in 1916 by Sam Tyler. It operated until 1976 when a second fire burned the theatre to the ground. A new theatre was built in 1968, and has been in operation ever since.
Approximately eighty men, women and children filled the seats Saturday afternoon for Despicable Me 3 and all waited in anticipation for Santa to arrive after the film. 
“I like Santa. Santa brings me presents. I need to have a jewelry box,” two-year old Makenna of Cabri commented.
The annual event had a festive atmosphere and the local community strongly supports the small theatre. It’s definitely worth bragging rights for the community of Gull Lake and is worth the drive. After many years of hosting the event, the Lyceum has pulled off a great day for local folks.
“It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting the theatre all through the year. We present a children’s show and we have an afternoon matinee. We watch the movie and then Santa comes to visit the kids,” explained Wendy Klein, manager of the Lyceum Theatre.
“It (the event) is a teamwork affair between the Lyceum Theatre and the Gull Lake Kinettes. I’d say safely, it’s been going on for twenty years.  We have people in the theatre today from Hazlet, Swift Current, Maple Creek, Cabri and from all over. Our prices are easy for the family and easy on your pocket book.  We are non-profit and we want people to be able to come with their children and enjoy a night out with their family without it costing so much. You can ask almost anybody and they will tell you the popcorn is the best in the world, I’ve been told”.
The local theatre is definitely on Santa’s nice list as it has a welcoming atmosphere and the aroma of freshly popped popcorn fills the air. Movies run nightly every night of the week except for Wednesday and the price is right too.

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