The Patricia Theatre is the crown jewel of the Townsite National Historic District of Powell River. It was designed in 1928 by the influential architect, Henry Holdsby Simmonds – who was also responsible for the Stanley Theatre (1930) in Vancouver, and the Odeon theatre chain, The Film Society’s goal is to preserve the theatre for generations to come.
The longest continuously running theatre in Canada, it has been in operation since 1913 (The previous building was destroyed in a fire). Ann Nelson, the managing partner of the theatre since 2002, is approaching 80 years old, and wants to see the theatre continue to serve the community.
The single screen cinema is the only movie theatre in the isolated community of Powell River (accessible only by ferry or air), serving a population of approximately 20,000 people.
A non-profit, charitable society 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 culture for this isolated community, as well as preserving a significant piece of built heritage.
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 it 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.
Donations to help us purchase the theatre are tax-deductible.
Cheques made out to Powell River Film Society can be mailed or delivered to 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 specific fixed amounts or monthly payments.