The Academy Theatre was built in the spring of 1892 and opened its doors in 1893. When it opened it was billed as the most technically perfect theatre in Canada. With seating for 900 people, there was one balcony and one dress circle, with VIP boxes on either side of the stage.
There is said to be a spirit at the theatre. “Mary”, as she has affectionately been named, is a friendly but mischievous “ghost” who mysteriously moves things, then puts them back, lowers the lights or opens and closes doors. Staff and patrons alike often have their own “Mary” story to share.
The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts, as it is known today, is a busy cultural centre, operated as a non-profit organization. Still presenting incredible concerts, community productions and providing a venue for local schools and organizations, the Academy is strongly supported by the generosity of donations from the public.
With guidance from a dedicated Board of Directors, the Academy has a Manager and Administrative Staff who welcome up to 20,000 visitors a year to this grand old building