Imperial Theatre

176 Christina Street N.,
Sarnia, ON N7T 5T9

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Front facade of former Imperial Theatre in Sarnia

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The original Imperial Theatre in Sarnia operated prior to 1941, until 1953, when a tornado devastated downtown Sarnia and leveled the theatre’s stage. While the rest of the theatre only suffered minor damage, the damage was too severe to allow the building to remain as a theatre so the building was converted to office and retail space. The Imperial theatre name returned to downtown Sarnia when the Capitol Theatre was renamed the Imperial Oil Centre for the Performing Arts.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

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steelbeard1 on February 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

A photo of the tornade damage to the rear of the Imperial Theatre in 1953 can be found at

steelbeard1 on February 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

Looking at the back facade, it looks as if the damage to the theatre itself was so severe that the theatre portion of the building was torn down, except for the lower parts of the outer side walls, as the two story front portion was extended outwards.

steelbeard1 on February 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

An early photo of the original Imperial Theatre in Sarnia can be found at

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