Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
364 Smith Street,
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The 2,000-seat Walker Theatre opened in 1907 and was named for its owner, Corliss Powers Walker, who brought in live theater, vaudeville, concerts, and silent films. The theater switched to a movies-only format in 1945 and remained in operation until 1990.
In 1991, it reopened as a performing arts center and is an official Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site.
After years of struggling, Burton Cummings, the lead singer of the rock group Guess Who, has become the theater’s new benefactor. Cummings will begin donating a portion of the proceeds of his concerts at the Walker in order to pay down the theater’s $1.8 million debt and fund future renovations.
In exchange for his aid, the theater will be renamed the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts after the singer who attended the former movie house as a child. The board hopes Cummings' name will help bring in additional grants and donations.
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