Kings & Queens Gallery-Hamilton

$1,835 of $40k goal

Raised by 14 people in 14 months
Sean Hartley  Hamilton, ON

Our Story


Born in bred in Hamilton, I’m now a Hamilton real estate agent. My wife, Anna-Maria, is a Hamilton artist. We’ve taken out a ten-year lease to turn Hamilton’s former Capitol Theatre into an arts and entertainment hub. Although Hamilton has many clubs, bars, restaurants and galleries, we wanted to offer an arts and entertainment event space that was suited to an older crowd - a space that combined the arts experience of a gallery with the enthusiasm and energy of a lounge.

When we started our search, we knew we needed a venue that would offer a space large enough to house an art gallery and lounge but also had very unique characteristics. When we found the Capitol Theatre, with its limestone and rich character, we realized that the layout would work perfectly for our gallery and lounge event space idea.

The Event Space

Welcome to the Kings and Queens Gallery

The Kings and Queens Gallery Lounge will play host to a wide variety of events, serving as the go-to venue for Hamilton’s corporate events and weddings as well as fashion shows, burlesque evenings and black tie events. We’re a fully licensed venue, with craft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.

Our Design

Once the home of Hamilton’s Capitol Theatre, this arts and entertainment space is located in the heart of the downtown core. This historic space features exposed brick walls, an arched window overlooking the city streets and interior remnants of a time long lost.


Our design calls for a glass façade that starts at the ground level and leads into an arched window - a design that preserves the limestone arch of the original theatre with plenty of exposed brick inside. We’re also replacing the old glass with a new curtain wall structure to exploit the view of King Street from the second floor balcony. To support Hamilton businesses, we’ve hired local companies for all construction and have bought all the furniture from Hamilton families and local thrift shops.


The Financing  

Our project has thus far been financed by our own company and private investors. However, as banks classify us as a bar rather than a gallery; it’s been a case of the little guy getting squashed by the banks! As we can’t fund the lounge without outside sources, we’ve turned to GoFundMe to help realize our dream. 

We’ve invested a total of $55,000 so far, including lease deposits, furniture and all construction work. However, we’re still lacking the funds needed to finish the glass façade and the exterior doors. And with a planned launch in June, we’ve putting out an urgent call to help complete the Kings and Queens Gallery. In order to finish construction and realize the Kings and Queens dream, we’re asking for $40,000.

All donations are given back to you in gift certificates and rewards to use when we open.  We are not looking for handouts.  If Kings and Queens sounds like a place you would visit then please support us now so we can be open sooner!


Support Us Now - Visit Us Later  

When You Donate Now-Choose one of our reward levels for great savings.

KING JOHN-$50Your offering is graciously accepted. $50 Gift Certificate. Please enjoy our hospitality when we open!

QUEEN MARY-$100 Your generosity is most royal. Please enjoy our hospitality when we open. $100 Gift Certificate+ 1 ticket to one regular event. (up to a $25 value)

KING WILLIAM-$250 The royal court thanks you. $150 Gift Certificate+Date night on us. All included couples experience when we open. ($200 value, alcohol/food only)

PHOTOGRAPHER-$499 Photographers special: 20 hours of studio time to be used at your leisure. That's $25/hr. Very Cheap! Available now and when we are open. Subject to scheduling

QUEEN CATHERINE-$500 You are of royal blood! $250 Gift Certificate+VIP status for 1 year ($400 value)=no cover for regular events+ %15 off all drinks (individual only)

QUEEN ANN-$1,000 Your presence is an honour. $600 Gift Certificate+VIP for 1 yr($400 Value)=no cover for reg events+15% off drinks. Bonus all included couples night($200 value)

KINGS GUEST-$5,000 The crown is yours! $3000 Gift Certificate. Lifetime VIP Status ($5000value)+%15 off your bill for life+No cover for regular events.

QUEENS GUEST-$10,000 Receive a $6000 Gift Cert. Life time VIPx2 ($10000 value) =15% off your bill for life+No cover charge all events($unlimited value)

KINGS & QUEENS-$25,000 Royal Family. $15k gift cert. Lifetime VIPx 4($20k value)=15% off+no cover charge all events. PLUS Party for 60 people in the Gallery all incl.($7k value)

We can't wait to show you more.....

Sincerly,
Anna-Maria and Sean
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Update 28
Posted by Sean Hartley
7 days ago
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Our next PoP Up Art event is "Ecru" in support of our renovations.
"Ecru" April 20-21 from 6-11pm
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Update 27
Posted by Sean Hartley
11 days ago
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Finally we have an upate on our facade design. Here it is. And I have to say we are amazed by the skills of The Laundry Design Works for this outstanding rendering of our vision. Please support us with one of the amazing reward levels and let's get our space open for Wine O'clock every day!
Kings and Queens/Capitol Theatre 2017
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Update 26
Posted by Sean Hartley
21 days ago
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Full computer renderings of the new glass facade are coming. Expertly crafted by The Laundry Design Works in Hamilton. We know what it will look like but it's not easy to show others. The Laundry can do that for us.
Coming Soon.
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Update 25
Posted by Sean Hartley
27 days ago
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If you would like to visit us when we open then please support us now by choosing one of our Donation Reward Levels. Most pay 120% of your donation amount back to you in a gift certificate or extra rewards.
They won't last. April 30 and they are gone. There are some nice corporate packages available as well.
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$1,835 of $40k goal

Raised by 14 people in 14 months
Created February 1, 2016
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Anonymous
9 days ago
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14 days ago
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Stephanie Lechniak
17 days ago

Haunted Hamilton is so excited for our return to the Kings & Queens Gallery Lounge this Saturday! Keep up the amazing work Sean and Anna-Maria! xox

$250
Donna Warring
1 month ago

This is so exciting for Hamilton! So Important to support the Arts! We salute you for this upcoming experience.

DM
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Debra Mills
2 months ago
$250
Stephanie Lechniak
2 months ago

Haunted Hamilton is so excited and honoured to be working with the Kings and Queens Gallery Lounge on future spooky projects! All the best in your endeavors Sean & Anna-Maria! You guys are gonna rock it! Lots of Spooky Love! ~ Spooky Steph www.hauntedhamilton.com

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4 months ago
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12 months ago
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Ronald Rons Hagel/Pesowsky
12 months ago

Come on Hamilton, jump on the bandwagon and support our New Downtown!

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13 months ago
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