2 Lindsay Street South
When the theatre doors opened in 1893, it was billed as the most technically perfect theatre in Canada. With seating for 900 people, there was one balcony and one dress circle, with VIP boxes on either side of the stage. The stage measured 38 by 44 feet, and the proscenium height was 28 feet. A fly gallery was 22 feet above the stage and a rigging gallery reached 48 feet.
The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts, as it is known today, is a busy cultural centre, operated as a non-profit organization. Still presenting incredible concerts, community productions and providing a venue for local schools and organizations, the Academy relies upon rental income and is strongly supported by the generosity of donations from the public. With guidance from a dedicated Board of Directors, the Academy has a Manager and Administrative Staff who welcome over 50,000 visitors a year to this grand old building.