Beacon Theatre

441 Highway 16,
Burns Lake, BC VOJ 1E0

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Functions: Live Performances, Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Reo Theatre

Phone Numbers:
Manager: 250.692.3334

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2017 phot by Angus Bechaz

Small town theatre in British Columbia. The Reo Theatre was opened in 1950. Here’s a description from the local chamber of commerce: “The Beacon Theatre was purchased in August of 2010 by the Lakes District Film Appreciation Society and reopened as Canada’s second community-owned cinema. The theatre still had a 1950’s era projector and 35mm system, which meant obtaining films for the theatre would be difficult and expensive, and they wouldn’t reach Burns Lake until long after the films had their first run in major centres. Digital projection and sound equipment were installed to bring the theatre up to date and now first-run films, 3D movies, and even satellite events can be viewed at the Beacon.”

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 8, 2021 at 5:36 am

An article in the Burns Lake Lakes District News dated March 4, 2020 said that the Beacon Theatre was celebrating its 70th birthday. An original opening year of 1950 means that the Beacon is most likely the house opened that year as the Reo Theatre by R.C. “Cece” Steele, who also had houses called the Reo Theatre in Vanderhoof and Smithers, BC.

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