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Court House Theatre

Left: The front entrance of the Court House Theatre.  Top right: The front of the Court House Theatre. Bottom right: The inside lobby of the Court House Theatre.  Photos: [Katrina Clarke].

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


The Court House Theatre is a national historic site.  This theatre is also known for being one of the theatres involved in the Shaw Festival. The upper level of the building features an auditorium, seating 327 people, integrated with a thrust stage.

 


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Hours of Operation

Variable (determined by shows)

 


DIRECTIONS

From QEW Toronto:

- Head southwest on Queen Elizabeth Way toward Exit 136 (16.6 km)

- Merge onto ON-403 W (20.8 km)

- Slight left onto Queen Elizabeth Way (signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie) (62.3 km)

- Take exit 38B for Regional Road 89/Glendale Avenue N toward Niagara-on-the-Lake

- Turn right onto Glendale Ave/Regional Road 89 (550 m)

- Turn left onto York Rd/Regional Road 81 (signs for Virgil/Niagara-on-the-Lake) (450 m)

- Take the first right onto Airport Rd (2.8 km)

- Turn right onto Niagara Stone Rd (9.7 km)

- Continue onto Missisauga Street (1.3 km)

- Turn right onto Queen St (700 m)

- Destination will be on the right

 

From QEW Fort Erie:

- Head northwest on Queen Elizabeth Way toward Exit 12 (30.5 km)

- Take the Regional Road 89/Glendale Avenue exit toward Niagara-on-the-Lake (500 m)

- Turn right onto Glendale Ave/Regional Road 89 (200 m)

- Take the first left onto York Rd/Regional Road 81 (signs for Virgil/Niagara-on-the-Lake) (450 m)

- Take the first right onto Airport Rd (2.8 km)

- Turn right onto Niagara Stone Rd (9.7 km)

- Continue onto Mississauga Street (1.3 km)

- Turn right onto Queen St (700 m)

- Destination will be on thr right 

 


Historical


The Court House Theatre was constructed in the 1840s.  The architect that designed the building was, William Thomas.  He incorporated Italianate and Neoclassical design into a lot of his public buildings.  This building was a very important and well known structure in what was Canada’s capital, back when Niagara on the Lake was known as Newark.  The builiding was used as a court house for more than a decade.  This court house used to cater to more civic purposes rather than judicial functions.  The court house had also been the town hall as well as the public library and has accommodated municipal and federal offices.  This theatre is where the Shaw Festival started in 1962; the festival’s first grand performance was performed in the court room.  The Court House Theatre was the first theatre involved in the Shaw Festival.

 


Further Information

 

http://www.shawfest.com/about-the-shaw/our-theatres/court-house-theatre/

 

Ownership & Management

The Shaw Festival

Admission Fee

Variable (depending on show)

Address

Court House Theatre
26 Queen St.
L0S 1J0

Telephone

905-468-2153

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude  43.255028
Longitude -79.071585

Administration

Shaw Festival Theatre
10 Queen's Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Tel 905-468-2153
Fax 905-468-5438
Toll free 1-800-657-1106

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