McPherson Playhouse

3 Centennial Square,
Victoria, BC V8W 1P5

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In 1907, Alexander Pantages built his first vaudeville house in what used to be the Old Grand Theatre. Seven years later, on May 18, 1914, Pantages opened this new Pantages Theatre on Government Street.

Later renamed Empire Theatre, then York Theatre, and Totem Theatre. Renamed the Mcpherson Playhouse after Thomas Shanks McPherson, who purchased and donated the theatre to the city of Victoria. Today, it is home to the theatrical productions.

Contributed by Sean Jung

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tomheemskerk
tomheemskerk on July 20, 2007 at 7:51 am

Architect: Thomas Hooper. Style is neo-Baroque. No screens, not part of a chain. Officially name is McPherson Playhouse.

Site: http://www.rmts.bc.ca/
Photos: http://homepage.mac.com/rmts/PhotoAlbum7.html

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

This web page says that the modern wing of the McPherson Playhouse, on the Pandora Street side of the building, was built in 1964-65, and designed by architect Alan Hodgson. There’s a small photo.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on January 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

According to this site, the McPherson also operated at different times under the names of the Empire Theatre, the York Theatre and the Totem Theatre.

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