Bringing the Beatles to life at Port Theatre

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - The British invasion started 50 years ago, and the revolution continued at the Port Theatre in Cornwall this Friday.

The iconic venue celebrated five decades of Beatlemania with Revolution, a renowned tribute band.

The crowd at the Port on April 11 was aged mostly 50 years or older, but the pandemonium resembled that of the Beatles' ground-breaking performance on the Ed Sullivan show, exactly 50 years ago, which catapulted them into international fame.

Larry Sylvain, theatre co-owner, and organizers Jeff Brunet, Alkaline Entertainment, and city council candidates Mark MacDonald and Brock Frost created the fundraising event to help maintain the building and purchase a new digital projector (a cost of $60,000).

"The Port needs the support of the community. This will help make it a viable venue," said Sylvain. "We also need to upgrade to a digital projector to compete in the movie market. None of the major studios are releasing 35mm prints."

The sold out show raised nearly $2,500.

Frost MC'd the event and Cornwall's Landmark, a classic rock band, opened the show.

"The Port is a historic venue, especially in the Le Village district and it needs to be promoted as such," said Frost.

Organizations: Beatles, Port Theatre

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