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Burton Cummings Theatre

2002 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
364 Smith St
Winnipeg MB
(204) 956-5656

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Record #1028  
 Opened: December 17, 1906
Capacity: 1155 seats
Architect(s): Howard C Stone
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Odeon, Walker
 Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by W Sawatzky.

The Walker Theatre was dedicated to music and drama with a gala presentation of Puccini's Madam Butterfly. It was named after its owner, Corliss Powers Walker (1853-1942), an American-born theatrical agent. Walker became an impressario of lasting importance by presenting outstanding theatre, opera, vaudeville, orchestral concerts and silent films in Manitoba.

Designed by Montreal architect Howard C. Stone, the theatre was intended to be part of a hotel, office and retail complex. Only the 2,000-seat auditorium, lobby and box office were built. The focus of the auditorium is a great proscenium, a 12-metre-high arch which separates the stage from the seats. This plaster arch, ringed with garlands of ivory acanthus and gold oak leaves, holds a central painted panel with two allegorical figures representing the arts.

After serving for nearly 30 years as a centre for cultural activity and political debates, the Walker Theatre was used as a cinema from 1945 to 1990. It reopened in 1991 as a home for performing arts.

The theatre was recently renamed the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts, after a local rock musician of the band The Guess Who, famous for their classic hit "American Woman".

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May 2002 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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1979 photos from the Ron Keillor collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 11/6/2019.

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