Masonic Lodge Opera House/Prince Edward Theatre Postcard, c.1910

Masonic Lodge Opera House/Prince Edward Theatre Postcard, c.1910 <br> Postcard courtesy of the City of Charlottetown Archives

Masonic Lodge Opera House/Prince Edward Theatre Postcard, c.1910
Postcard courtesy of the City of Charlottetown Archives

Built in c.1892 this building included a 1000 seat theatre on its main floor and saw a variety of concerts and dramatic performances, including classical and more popular variations of music. It would be converted into the Prince Edward Theatre in 1919 and host a different kind of entertainment – the motion picture.

Sadly, the beautiful Phillips and Chappell designed building would go up in flames during Charlottetown’s centennial year, 1955, and was rebuilt in a much more modern style. However, 9 years later, another performance space would be erected less than a block away on Queen Square to celebrate a different centennial – the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts would become the most prestigious theatre in the city hosting any number of acts from theatre, to classical, to rock n roll. The PEI Symphony, The Charlottetown Festival, as well as acts like Gordon Lightfoot and Charlottetown’s own Haywire, have all graced the Confederation Centre Mainstage.

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