Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Center

106 Gerrish Street,
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0

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Functions: Performing Arts

Previous Names: Imperial Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 902.798.5841

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Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Center

The Imperial Theatre was built in 1914 by John H. Bustin along with a restaurant and upstairs dining room. Live performances and movies were offered. There were matinee and evening movie performances and serials run on Saturdays. The initial charge was 10 cents.

After the theatre was severely damaged by fire in 1931 it was refurbished with fire resistant materials.

In 1947 it was sold to B & L Cinemas (Bernstein and Lieberman) which operated more that 20 theatres in the Maritime Provinces.

In 1986 it was purchased by Dr. Garth and Lauren Vaughn who continued to offer both movies and live performances until their retirement in 1998.

The Production Showhouse was the next operator.

After remaining empty for several years it was purchased by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in 2003. After extensive renovations and upgrading it was opened as the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Center (MIPAC).

Seating for 300 was provided on the main floor and 100 in the balcony.

Contributed by rob boehm

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robboehm on December 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

I have uploaded photos of the marquee, the current street view, the current interior and an exterior photo from 1950 which appeared in the Chronicle Herald.

robboehm on December 17, 2021 at 9:08 am

I know it’s customary to save taxes to only have a portion of a theatre on the main street with the auditorium behind, but this has got to be the smallest presence ever.

ScreenClassic on December 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Wasn’t the B&L chain a Famous Players operating partner at one point?

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