Saanich denies new image for SilverCity

A new coat of paint won’t be rolled on to the SilverCity theatre at Tillicum Centre

A new coat of paint won’t be rolled on to the SilverCity theatre at Tillicum Centre, after Saanich council on Monday unanimously defeated a request to repaint the building.

Calling it “gaudy” and “garish,” council rejected the proposal that would’ve seen the soft blues and greens and First Nations-inspired murals covered up by dark and navy blues, and constellations.

“I tried to restrain my comments, but I found the application annoying. I thought they were so ignorant of the local values, local concerns and the premise on which (the theatre) was approved in the first place,” Mayor Frank Leonard said.

Before the theatre was built in the late 1990s, council of the day would only approve it if the paint job was subtle, and fit in with the surrounding natural neighbourhood.

kslavin@saanichnews.com