Brockville Arts Centre

235 King Street West,
Brockville, ON K6V 7A5

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Originally built in 1911 as a grand opera house (third largest stage in Canada at the time). Fire destroyed auditorium in 1937, stagehouse saved by fire curtain. Rebuilt as Regent Theatre (opened 1939), ran by Famous players until 1958.

In 1960 went back to being a live venue (Brockville Civic Auditorium), but still contains original carbon-arc projectors (change-over system) in perfect working condition, and a large movie screen which easily flys in and out. Name changed to Brockville Arts Centre in 1983.

Contributed by Robin Johnston

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gordrulez
gordrulez on February 6, 2005 at 1:03 pm

It’s a pretty cool place. I just moved to this town Brockville, it’s very beautiful and historic here, with lots to discover. They play movies at the Arts Center twice a month. I didn’t know how old it was and all the details about it until I came across this neat website. I wonder if there’s ghosts there! But I know this is the only movie theatre Brockville ever had, and this summer they are building a 5 cinema movie theatre around the main new shopping area. The population of Brockville is 22 thousand. That’s all folks!

jaswmclark
jaswmclark on March 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm

When I was growing up in Brockville, there were two cinemas on King Street. The Capital and the Regent. In the late 1950’s due to competition from television the Regent closed and by 1960 the town got it back for unpaid taxes.

Mr Kenneth Eland drove an effort to restore it as a community live theater rather than see it torn down. He drove a group of “volenteers” cleaning up the place. The asbestos fire curtain had saved the stage. The lighting panel was intact and many of the kleigh lights were still there. I am afraid that Robin Johnson is not correct in stating the orriginal projectors as being there. They wern’t. One of the service clubs donated a 16mm Bell and Howell unit which was used for many years until the modern system was installed.

In the 1970’s a reception hall and modern offices were added and more recently the seating area was rebuilt.

Yes Gord to me there are ghosts there. Whenever I am backstage I see Art Wood and his white German Shepard Dog talking to my father and Ken Eland decieding how best to restore the light and sound system, more than 50 years ago. If the needed a small boy to crawl into spaces too small for them the usually volenteered me,

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