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The Tidemark Theatre, originally the Van Isle Theatre, was built in 1946, officially opening on January 2, 1947. It was used as a movie house until 1985 when the City of Campbell River purchased the property and began to convert it to an art deco 435 seat live theatre under the direction of the Cultural Commission and with the financial support of Friends of the Tidemark. The Tidemark Centre held its Grand Opening in October 1987. The Tidemark Theatre Society was created and soon afterwards signed a Management Agreement with the City. The City does, however, still own the building and the property.
Since it's inception, the Tidemark Theatre has been a busy centre for arts and culture in Campbell River. The Tidemark works closely with local Non-Profit Organizations, ensuring local talent and production is brought to the stage. The theatre provides a unique space in the community of Campbell River, operating one of the largest venues for conferences or presentations in the area. The set up of the Tidemark's lobby and full service concession makes it an excellent venue for staging receptions and meetings.
The Tidemark Theatre also presents an annual series of performances. This series of up to twenty performances starts in September and runs over the course of the year, featuring a variety of theatrical styles including classical, jazz, country and blues music, choral, plays and dance.
The Tidemark Theatre is managed by a dedicated staff of four full-time, and six part-time and casual employees. The Tidemark Theatre Society is governed by a twelve member volunteer Board of Directors. Volunteers are utilized to staff the concession and act as ushers and ticket takers during performances.
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