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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Walker Theatre / Burton Cummings Theatre (364 Smith Street, Winnipeg)

Built in 1906 by theatrical entrepeneur C. P. Walker and formally dedicated on 18 February 1907 with a production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, this 2,000-seat auditorium in Winnipeg was originally intended to be part of a hotel, office, and retail complex. It was converted into a movie theatre in 1945 and operated until 1990. It was closed for about a year, then it reopened in 1991 as a performing arts space. It is a nationally, provincially and municipally designated historic site, and a plaque was unveiled at it by the Manitoba Heritage Council. A plaque in its lobby, unveiled by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, commemorates the winning of the vote by Canadian women as an event of national historic significance. The building has received a Preservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.

Burton Cummings Theatre

Burton Cummings Theatre (September 2014)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the Burton Cummings Theatre

Interior of the Burton Cummings Theatre (January 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89571, W97.14338
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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


Walker Theatre 364 Smith Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank George Penner and Sandra Hollender (Parks Canada Agency) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2019

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