Bailey Theatre

5043 50 Street,
Camrose, AB T4V 1R3

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Bailey Theatre

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The Bailey Theatre was for years the only movie theatre in the Canadian city of Camrose, Alberta, but started to lose a lot of business towards the end of its life as it came under disrepair. The final killing stroke was when a five screen multiplex opened up in the mall in the mid-1990’s. It originally opened as the David Theatre in 1910 as a vaudeville theatre, which was later turned into a movie theatre.

It closed in 1998, and since then there have been several attempts of restoration and reopening, but these have always failed due lack of financing and community support.

Contributed by Tristin Deveau

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ishamael
ishamael on January 23, 2007 at 9:28 am

It looks like there is a ray of hope for the Bailey…

Bright lights for ol' Bailey

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 23, 2007 at 11:04 am

Listed as the 450 seat Bailey’s Theatre in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook.

ishamael
ishamael on March 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

The restoration project continues to build momentum…
http://baileytheatre.com/

Earlsand
Earlsand on April 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Some corrections to the information on the Bailey Theatre…
It opened on February 23, 1910 as the David Theatre, built by Camille David. It was the only movie theatre in Camrose until the Kam Theatre opened in 1948. The Kam is now a night club.
Stan Bailey bought the David Theatre in 1916, but the name remained the David Theatre until major renovations took place in about 1920 and the name changed to the Bailey Theatre.
In late 2007 the Bailey Theatre Society was revived after a former Camrose resident pledged $2.5-million towards the restoration. Restoration started in the fall of 2008.
When completed the Bailey Theatre will seat 401 people. With loose seating on the flat floor of the auditorium the theatre will also be used for dinner theatre, and like in its past, dances.
To follow the progress go to www.BaileyTheatre.com

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

The Kam in Camrose was affiliated with Famous Players Canadian Corporation in the mid-sixties through Len Purnell and Sons Limited, Famous Players partners in Red Deer, Lacombe, etc.

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