Nelson Civic Theatre
104-719 Vernon Street,
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Nelson Civic Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Famous Players
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Civic Theatre, Nelson Cinemax
Opened in 1935 as a live performance venue named the Civic Theatre. In 1936 it went over to use as a movie theatre. It was operated in 1940 by Famous Players. Seating at that time was listed at 950. After Famous Players it had a couple of other operators.
In 2010 the theatre was leased from the city by Kirk Nielson who has a number of other theatres in BC. He closed the theatre in September 2010 for renovations that included a new marquee, a renovated lobby, new seats, a new sound system and a small arcade and crying room. They did run into problems with the new seats that were not designed for sloped floors so adjustments were made. It was closed in September 2010.
The theatre reopened for Christmas 2010 and received a new name, the Nelson Cinemax, but Cinemax only had a shot time and they had given up the theatre in 2011. In March 2013, it was announced the cinema would be converted to digital projection, and the auditorium sub-divided into three screens which reopened in June 2013. The theatre operates with the help of the Volunteers & staff of the Nelson Civic Theatre Society.
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