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Pantages (Playhouse) Theatre

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The Pantages Theatre was the second Canadian theatre in a chain of lavish vaudeville playhouses owned by the famous impresario Pericles (Alexander) Pantages of Seattle, Washington. Winnipeg had grown rapidly, from a pioneer hamlet in the 1870s to an urban centre in the 1880s, and local demand was high for access to professional drama, music and dance in a safe, comfortable facility.

Entrepreneurs attracted touring artists to the city by building facilities such as the Princess and Grand opera houses, and Victoria Hall (Winnipeg Theatre).  More elaborate venues, such as the Dominion, Bijou, Walker, and Orpheum theatres, were developed to house regular touring circuits of live entertainment, including popular vaudeville or variety shows.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1913-1914 National Historical Society, 1981, grade II

Brick with reinforced concrete covered with terra cota, marquise.

2 storeys/56,180 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect


Theatre 180 Market Avenue

B.M. Priteca (Seattle), 1913; Stechesen Katz Architects, 1992.





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