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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pantages Theatre / Playhouse Theatre (180 Market Avenue, Winnipeg)

This structure was built between 1913 and 1914 by James McDiarmid for Alexander Pantages, founder of the Vaudeville theatre line. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca of Seattle, the Pantages Theatre was the first reinforced concrete Vaudeville house of its size in North America. It was renamed the Playhouse in 1923, then became City property during a 1930s tax sale. In 1985, a plaque was installed in its lobby, recognizing its designation as a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It is also a municipally and provincially designated historic site. Restoration of the theatre building was given a Conservation Award by Heritage Winnipeg.

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Interior of Playhouse Theatre

Interior of Playhouse Theatre (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Interior of Playhouse Theatre

Interior of Playhouse Theatre (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Pantages Theatre commemorative plaque

Pantages Theatre commemorative plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Pantages Theatre commemorative plaque

Pantages Theatre commemorative plaque (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89901, W97.13774
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 August 2020

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