The iconic Metro Theatre will soon become Basecamp Climbing.
Basecamp Climbing is a just a three minute walk from Christie subway station.
“I think there’s a large number of climbers that live in the neighbourhood and would appreciate a gym that’s easily accessible by foot, bike or transit. Driving to many of the existing gyms is just not viable for many folks who live in the city core,” says Languay.
The dramatic prow feature at Basecamp Climbing.
While the gym will have complete facilities during its opening this fall, there are plans to expand the gym to include a modern training centre and lounge area.
A view of some of the wall surfaces at the new Basecamp Climbing gym.
Languay believes that, “Toronto has done a relatively poor job of preserving much of its past. Just because a neighbourhood is changing and evolving, doesn’t mean that we have to forget how it got here. This theatre represents a special piece of Toronto’s history and that’s why I want to preserve the exterior, while transforming the interior into a modern climbing gym for the community.”
You can check out the cheeky Kickstarter video below (watch it to the end) and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign.