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Saturday October 12th, 2013

Posted at 6:52pm

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The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre is open to the public this weekend and we’ve taken a look inside the nearly century-old gem.

Owner of neighbouring Lorelei’s Bistro, Mary Lambros, purchased and took possession of the theatre on July 19th. The theater has since undergone renovations with plans to hold neighbourhood events, fundraisers, mystery dinner theatre, a CBC town hall and much much more.

The theatre debuted in 1918 as “The Walkerville Theatre” and was designed by the same architect who created Detroit’s Fox Theatre and Music Hall. The theatre was also known as the “Tivoli Theatre” from the 1930′s onward and showed movies along with stage performances.

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Theatre’s sign has been restored

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The upper level seats 244 according to theatre manager Angelica Haggert. The theatre’s total capacity is 800.

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

Projection room

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

Utility closet under the balcony

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

Lambros says the stage’s rigging will be completely replaced this coming Tuesday

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

Electrical systems have been recently replaced

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

A room in the basement actually caught fire sometime when the theatre was vacant. The fire did not spread beyond this room.

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

The furnace room contains 93-year-old heating and cooling components that still function.

The Olde Walkerville Theatre

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