Town Hall Theatre
About Town Hall Theatre
Built in 1873, the Town Hall Theatre has been used in a number of capacities over the years. Originally the Township Office, jail, and courthouse; it has also been a theatre, roller skating rink, movie house, fire station, and ladies undergarment factory.
In 1973 a group of dedicated residents persuaded the Township Council to lease the abandoned building for 99 years at $1.00 a year rather than destroy it for a parking lot and the Town Hall was again reverted to a theatre. A stage was added but otherwise, the hall retained its historic state for nearly three decades.
Grand Re-Opening in 2004
In the fall of 2004, the newly renovated building opened first to audiences with the staging of the original musical production “Once Upon a Winter’s Eve” by local playwright Liz Auston which was produced by Scugog Choral Society in November 2004. The official Grand Opening Ceremonies were then held in December as a sparkling Gala and Concert event starring renowned pianist Michael Kaeshammer and emcee Sylvia Mina.
A Cultural Centre of Downtown Port Perry
The Town Hall Theatre has become a popular venue for anniversaries, weddings and meetings as well as performances by production companies, dance schools and individuals as well as the resident and non-resident musical and dramatic community theatre groups who perform here regularly. The arts and entertainment scene alive and well at Town Hall Theatre which has earned a place as “The” Centre for the Performing Arts in Durham Region.