OUR STORY, SO FAR
Our story began in 1918, when self-made Greek immigrant George Cook had the vision to build a spectacular hub for entertainment in his new home of Picton.
Fast forward a hundred years and thousands of inspiring performances and countless magical moments later, we continue to be Prince Edward County’s only purpose-built cinema and live performance venue.
In 1994, The Regent Theatre Foundation, a community-based not-for-profit, purchased the theatre with the support of Edna Pearce Gordon and we continue to operate the theatre.
But we’re also so much more. We’re proud to:
Share culture – including the very best of movies, live performance, special events and digital programming.
Spark connection - we’re a gathering space for audiences, artists (we especially love our local creators!) and the wider community.
Steward history – we take our responsibility to maintain our beautiful, heritage-listed theatre seriously. We also enjoy sharing it through rentals to individuals, presenters and community groups.
And while there’s no denying that COVID has been a huge plot twist, we remain committed to these values, and innovating on them with new initiatives like our new Podcast and hybrid programming.
So-- if we haven’t yet met, we can’t wait to welcome you. And if you’re already a part of our family - we encourage you to rediscover the entertainment heartbeat of the County!
"Over the years, I have attended many excellent live musical and dramatic events at the Regent which include both local and national performers and performances. It is a real boon to local performers to have a venue such as the Regent. It is a real boon to local citizens to have the opportunity to experience live theatre."
We bring our community of Members, sponsors, supporters and our audience, together to share stories.
OUR LEADING CHARACTERS
As a not-for-profit and registered charity, we simply couldn’t do this without our community of members, donors and partners. Thank you for your support.
It is also important we also acknowledge:
- the land
- our board
- our staff
Together we are committed to presenting engaging, relevant and accessible programming that captivates new generations of locals and visitors.
The Regent Theatre is located in the traditional territory of the Anishnabek and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We are grateful to the generations of ancestral stewards and caretakers of this land for the opportunity to continue to live, work and share stories in this place we call home. As a community that claims descendants from among the original Loyalist settlers, we are grateful to our Kanyen’kehá:ka neighbours in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and beyond who continue to work with us to find ways to reconcile with our past and pave the way towards an inclusive future.
Regent Theatre Foundation Board of Directors