Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts
The Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. A theatre complex at the Wascana Centre in Regina, constructed to commemorate Canada's centenary. It opened 24 Aug 1970 to serve southern Saskatchewan as a centre for performing arts and exhibitions. Designed by Izumi, Arnott, and Sucijama, the Estevan brick and Manitoba Tyndall stone structure houses Centennial Theatre (seating 2029), Hanbidge Hall (seating 1600), Jubilee Theatre, and various conference rooms and lobby display areas. Centennial Theatre, with three balconies, has a large stage whose front lowers hydraulically to form an orchestra pit for 100 musicians. Owned by the province, the centre is the home of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and has been host to the Bolshoi Ballet, the Vienna Boys' Choir, the Stratford Festival production of The Comedy of Errors, Burton Cummings, Gary Karr, Anton Kuerti, Gordon Lightfoot, Guy Lombardo, Kim Mitchell, Teresa Stratas, the TS, the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan, and many others.