The Burton Cummings Theatre, often referred to as simply "The Burt," has brought talent to the Winnipeg area for more than a century. It first opened its doors with the endearing theatrical performance of Madame Butterfly and today serves as a major hub for live performances.
Burton Cummings Theatre History
Originally called the Walker Theatre, this venue was built in 1906 and opened its doors in 1907. Over the years, the theatre has exchanged hands several times, and it has operated as both a performing center and a movie theater. In 2014, True North Sports and Entertainment took over management of the theatre and have been able to bring top-named talent into the theatre after it renovated the theatre.
Burton Cummings Theatre Events
The theatre plays host to a wide variety of events, including live musical performances, ballets, comedy acts, and special events. The venue has seen top musical talents like Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Tim McGraw, Christian groups like NeedtoBreathe, comedy stand-up acts from John Mulaney, Randy & Mr. Lahey, and Lisa Lampanelli, kid's shows like Peppa Pig Live, and special music performances like Stomp and Love the 90s tour. Private events also are held at the theatre throughout the year.
Burton Cummings Theatre Seating Layout
The Burton Cummings Theatre has a maximum seating capacity of 1,638. The main floor of the theatre has 589 seats, while the first balcony offer 529 seats, and the second balcony has 520 seats. There are also two loge seating areas that are available for some events at the theatre. Installation of new cushion seating was part of the latest renovations at the theatre to provide an extra layer of comfort for the audience. In addition, a new heating and air conditioning was installed to eliminate the temperature control problems that had plagued the venue for years. There are several nearby parking lots, including one directly across from the theatre, and metered parking along the streets surrounding the theatre.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba, Canada. It is less than 70 miles from the U.S.-Canada border and is nicknamed the "Gateway to the West." It is a diverse community, which holds numerous fairs and festivals throughout the year, such as the Folklorama, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which is held at the Birds Hill Provincial Park. In addition to the Burton Cummings Theatre, there are several other great venues for live performances in Winnipeg, including the Club Regent Casino, Centennial Concert Hall and MTS Centre.
The historic Burton Cummings Theatre is listed as a National Historical Site of Canada, as well as a Provincial Heritage Site.