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The Empire Theatre

The Empire Theatre opened its doors in September 2003 and is considered by both national and international performers to be one of Ontario’s finest live performing arts theatres.

A 700 seat capacity with state of the art sound and lighting, The Empire Theatre continues to host artists ranging from rock to country, blues and jazz. Additionally, the theatre screens acclaimed movies and documentaries on a regular basis.

History of The Empire Theatre

1384e85baa5d455aa3a0016579446efbThe building which houses the Empire Theatre originally opened its doors as The McCarthy Theatre in 1938 as a venue for both feature films and live performance.In March of 2002, Royal Lepage ProAlliance broker/ owner Mark Rashotte purchased the McCarthy building with a dream of bringing to Belleville a state of the art theatre for live performance and cinema. Rashotte, also a professional musician and recording artist, spent many years touring Canada and the Northeast United States performing in various theatrical venues. Over the years he developed a unique insight as to what a performing arts centre should provide to both the audience and entertainer.

In March of 2002, Royal Lepage ProAlliance broker/ owner Mark Rashotte purchased the McCarthy building with a dream of bringing to Belleville a state of the art theatre for live performance and cinema. Rashotte, also a professional musician and recording artist, spent many years touring Canada and the Northeast United States performing in various theatrical venues. Over the years he developed a unique insight as to what a performing arts centre should provide to both the audience and entertainer.

In the fall of 2002, a highly skilled design and construction team began the task of transforming the McCarthy building into the new Empire Theatre and Centre For Performing Arts. With respect for building’s past and an eye to the future, the 700 seat Empire Theatre opened its doors in September 2003. The dream became a reality.

Today, The Empire Theatre is considered by both national and international performers to be one of Ontario’s finest live performing arts theatres. A 700 seat capacity with state of the art sound and lighting, The Empire Theatre continues to host artists ranging from rock to country, blues and jazz. Additionally, the theatre screens acclaimed movies and documentaries on a regular basis.