The Okotoks Theatre was once a place where residence gathered for worship, gain spiritual growth and celebrate with praise and music. Located on the edge of Elma Street and Centre Avenue, this structure is no longer utilized as a church. Although, it still provides a wealth of inspiration, as it houses the Rotary Performing Arts Centre.
Built in 1906, it was originally a Methodist Church. The structure only cost $5,100 to build, and become a combination church in 1917 when the Methodist and Presbyterian’s joined to gather to form the United Church. Through the years, the members outgrew the church. Reaching a stunning 2002 members, the church was forced to find a new place of worship. It was not done happily, as the members loved the history of their beloved church.
The Art Council in Okotoks quickly took their chance to purchase this amazing building. They did it to keep the history of the church intact, as well as provide a space for their performing arts program. With a lot of work in renovations and raising funds, the Art Council graciously gave the structure to the community of Okotoks. It opened in April 2005.
Since the structure was donated to the community there have been more repairs. In 2009, a million dollar investment was made by various government branches. After these renovations, the theatre opened in November of 2010. Their debut show was “Sorry Wrong Chimney” by the Dewdney Players. A grand re-opening event occurred on February 25th to 27th 2011.
Tickets can be purchased to see the variety of concerts, comedies, plays and other entertaining events held by the Rotary Performing Arts Centre throughout the year. You can make your purchase by using the Eventbrite ticketing service, which is offered on the theaters upcoming events page on their website.