The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts

Built in 1892, the Academy Theatre, located in the heart of Lindsay, was billed as the most technically perfect theatre in Canada and is the second oldest live theatre house in Ontario. Based on designs by architect W. Blackwell of Peterborough, the Academy Theatre’s large stage, 542 seats, frescoed ceiling, rich decor, and beautiful proportions still leave visitors speechless.

The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts, as it is known today, is a busy multi-use social and cultural centre year-round. However, unlike theatres in comparably sized communities, the Academy Theatre does not receive operating funding through the municipal, provincial, or federal governments and must rely on community support to cover daily operations. As a result, it is staffed largely by dedicated volunteers and operates as a publicly owned non-profit organization. The Academy Theatre hosts over 50,000 patrons a year, proving that age doesn’t have to slow you down!

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