Kent Theatre

Main Street,
Bathurst, NB

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DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

J. Harper Kent, local financier built the Kent Theatre and operated it as a partnership of Famous Players Canadian Corporation. Mr. Kent owned practically everything in Bathhurst. The Kent family operated department stores in the Maritimes with a catalog sales operation and that is how they became extremely wealthy!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2008 at 8:16 am

The Kent Theatre opened earlier than 1955. It had “recently” opened, according to the February 2nd, 1952 issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The owner was J. Harper Kent, and the theatre featured a private lounge for members of the Kent family and their guests. A big fish in a small pond, I suppose. The article gives the seating capacity as only 400.

There is also mention of another theatre in Bathurst, a 350 seat house called the Opera House and then the Capitol, which had been operated by a Mr. Peter Leger “…for about 40 years.”