Centrepointe Theatre History
Centrepointe Theatre’s grand opening took place on May 3, 1988, starring “local boy” and internationally renowned entertainer, impressionist Rich Little. Since then the theatre has hosted an extensive list of truly great artists performing to sold-out houses, including Sir Peter Ustinov, Christopher Plummer, Liona Boyd, Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, the Barenaked Ladies, Kids in the Hall, the Rankins, Leahy, Lyle Lovett, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Harlem Gospel Choir and a great many others.
The Centrepointe Expansion
In 2010, as part of the Centrepointe Expansion a 199-seat Studio Theatre was added. Well received by the emergent artist community, the black box style theatre is versatile and offers many configuration options to clients. With the addition of the new Studio, Centrepointe Theatre then changed its logo to include both venues and is now called Centrepointe Theatres. The new studio theatre is open for business, but an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled in the coming months.
Our new addition is a green building and has been designed and built following a stringent set of environmental performance criteria. As such, the new addition is a candidate for certification under the LEED rating system!
What does it mean to have LEED certification?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. (www.usgbc.org)
In Canada, LEED certification is granted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and buildings can qualify for four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
The Centrepointe Expansion project is projected to achieve a Silver level of LEED certification.
You can read more about the LEED features of the Centrepointe Expansion when visiting the new lobby. An informative display had been temporarily erected to educate those wishing to learn more about LEED.
Staff and Volunteers
The multiple award-winning Centrepointe Theatre Volunteer Company operates in partnership with professional theatre staff and links the theatre and its artists to the community. Over 200 dedicated individuals contribute their energy and creativity to make the theatres and its shows more accessible and affordable, by donating time and skills to stage, house and creative resources crews. Since 1988, CTVC volunteers have donated services worth over $1.5 million and are among Centrepointe Theatres’ most valued assets.
Centrepointe Theatres are owned and operated by the City of Ottawa.