At the Patricia Theatre, named in 2019 at the top of the list of 10 best movie theatres in Canada by Chatelaine magazine, our plans are to preserve the historic aesthetic of the venue, while upgrading comfort and cinematic and audio quality.

The building is an example of the Spanish Revival expression of the Arts and Crafts movement, which is rarely seen in Canada and more common to California, Florida and Texas.

It is one of only a handful of surviving atmospheric theatres in all of Canada, where the architectural elements and ornamentation evoke a sense of being outdoors. This was intended to make the patron a more active participant in the setting.

The Film Society is committed to restoring its original murals, décor, stained glass and metal canopy and flag pole – elements that define the theatre’s unique position amongst heritage buildings that are still working for a living, and specifically, still doing what they were designed for more than 90 years ago.

The Patricia’s superb acoustics, sightlines and proportions are the hallmark of a timeless professionally designed building. Its full restoration will be spectacular!

Read about the Patricia Theatre’s place in movie theatre history!

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The individual features of this historic theatre can be named after/dedicated to an individual or a company.

Donations will be acknowledged with a signage system that is in keeping with the architectural and graphic style of the restoration. 

Naming opportunities are listed below:

Auditorium $200,000
Lobby $100,000
Stage $100,000
Balcony $100,000
Canopy $100,000
Concession $50,000
Ticket booth $30,000
Loge boxes (x4) $15,000
Men’s bathroom $10,000
Women’s bathroom $10,000


Individual donations will be displayed at the theatre, and recognized on our website and in featured promotions. These donation levels are categorized below with a cinematic theme:

Executive Producers Circle

Directors Guild

Key Talent

Film Crew

Production Assistants
Under $1,000

The Powell River Film Society is non-profit, charitable society. It has the opportunity to expand the business model, artistic engagement, educational opportunities, and revenue sources to improve the sustainability of the venue and to maintain the vital connection to the greater world of cinema.

Taking over the operation, maintenance, and restoration of the historic theatre will require the society to procure funds, expertise, and volunteer engagement. Much loved by the community, preserving the theatre for generations to come is a challenge with great rewards. In our hearts, we relish film’s power to engage, educate, and inspire – and enrich our community.

Cheques made out to Powell River Film Society can be mailed or delivered care of the Patricia Theatre, 5848 Ash Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 4R6

Online donations for the Patricia Theatre Forever fundraiser are facilitated via Canada Helps, where you can specify fixed amounts or monthly payments.

Donations to help us purchase the theatre are tax-deductible.

Inquiries, please contact Gary Shilling, executive director

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