An original vaudeville theatre, this world-class performing arts facility has been restored to its original splendour, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in September, 2013. Billed in its day as the 'finest Theatre in Eastern Canada', Imperial Theatre was tooled with the best amenities available, from its water piping to its theatrical equipment. The structure was built and financed by the Keith-Albee Chain of vaudeville houses, and was erected upon the site of the Lyceum Theatre that was destroyed during the Great Fire of Saint John in 1877. Walter Golding, the theatre's original general manager, brought many theatrical events to the city, many of which were the biggest names in entertainment, including actress Ethel Barrymore, March King, John Phillip Sousa, and, it is rumoured, illusionist Harry Houdini. One-hundred and one years later, Imperial Theatre continues to host some of the finest artists and performers in the region, the country, and the world. With a season that runs from September to May, you will see a wide variety of artists in the lineup, including everything from classical music to live theatre, jazz music to stand up comedy, and even local dance companies.
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