Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street,
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Functions: Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: Opera House, Orpheum Theatre, Acadia Theatre
The Acadia Theatre is on the same side of the street as Paddy’s in the middle of downtown Wolfville on Main Street. It’s an historic landmark dating back to 1899, when it opened as a vaudeville theatre known as the Opera House. In 1924, it became known as the Orpheum Theatre. In the fall of 1947, the re-named Acadia Theatre showed its first film.
The newly renovated theatre was reopened in November 2004 with a beautifully restored neon marquee that says ‘Acadia’, the cinema is home to the Fundy Film Society. The building is called the Acadia Cinema, but the theatre has been named after long-time manager, Al Whittle. Al ran the theatre (and ripped the tickets, chose the movies, made the popcorn, ran the projector) from 1953 to 2000. There is a cafe in the front of the building.
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