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Saint John Music & Theatre Scene

Imperial Theatre

One of Saint John’s oldest historical sites, theimperial theatre saint john Imperial Theatre, is also one of Canada’s most beautiful theatres with its restored Victorian splendour. While it is currently undergoing an exterior ‘facelift’ (to be completed by December 2016), the restored beauty of its Victorian interior, complete with ceiling motifs and chandeliers is stunning. The Imperial Theatre was built in 1912 and officially opened to the public in 1913 as a Broadway roadhouse. It has been through many changes over the years including a civic meeting place during World War I, a movie theatre and even a church before being restored in 1994 to its former Broadway glory.

 

Interestingly, the original architect, Albert E. Westover, and Douglas Kochel, the restoration architect, were both from Philadelphia. Anyone having had the privilege of playing at the Imperialtheatre Theatre or attending a performance there can attest to the wonderful acoustics. The Imperial Theatre has an impressive Fall/Winter lineup of both musical and theatrical performances including:
Carroll Baker……………………………………………………….Oct. 29
Classic Albums Live – The Beatles – Abbey Road……… Nov. 4
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada PIA…………………….. Nov. 8
The Barra MacNeils Christmas……………………………… Dec. 15

St. John Theatre Company and Live @ the BMO

Like most great cities, Saint John has its own theatre company. The Saint John Theatre Company is a community based theatre group and uses the excellent theatre stage of the Imperial Theatre for its largersinger productions. For smaller productions it uses the BMO Studio Theatre at 112 Princess Street.

Their Main Stage Series for 2016/2017 at the Imperial Theatre includes:
Miracle on 34th Street………………………………………Nov. 23-27
Of Mice & Men…………………………………………………Mar. 22-25
The 2016/2017 Studio Series at the BMO Studio Theatre includes:
The Diary of Anne Frank……………………………………. Oct. 11-15
East of Berlin……………………………………………………….Apr. 5-8 
The Live @ the BMO Music Series also has a great musical line-up
for 2016/2017 including:
Jessica Rhaye…………………………………………………………Oct .1
Matt Minglewood………………………………………………….. Dec. 1
Scott Medford & The Instigators ……………………………… Apr. 1

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