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 as the Civic Theatre and 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 theater was leased from the city by Kirk Nielson who has a number of other theaters in BC. He closed the theater 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.
The theater reopened for Christmas 2010 and received a new name, the Nelson Cinemax. In March 2013, it was announced the cinema would be converted to digital projection, and the auditorium sub-divided into three screens.
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This photo shows how the theatre now looks, back under its original name of the Civic Theatre. The theatre’s new website is also here: Nelson Civic Theatre
An older photo of the Civic, then under Famous Players management, can be seen here.
An older view of the Civic Theatre auditorium space from 1936 can be seen here.
The Civic Theatre Society recently announced plans to convert the Civic into an all-digital, three-screen multiplex in time for the summer blockbuster season: Ushering in a new era of possibility at our newly remodelled Civic Theatre
The proposed floorplan for the converted Civic Theatre can be seen here. Once done, theatre seating will consist of 241 seats in the main theatre (the front section of the current auditorium) and 119 seats each in Theatres Two and Three, for a total of 479 seats.