The 360-seat Thousand Islands Playhouse Springer Theatre on the waterfront is the original Playhouse, our flagship theatre. This renovated heritage venue, built in 1909, was originally the Gananoque Canoe Club, and features two of the longest decks in the region from which theatre guests have a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River and many of the Thousand Islands.
The Springer Theatre lobby retains the vintage cottage-style craftmanship of the canoe club – while the rest of the building has undergone several renovations to create a modernized, air-conditioned auditorium featuring a proscenium-style stage.
Entrances to the Springer Theatre itself are on both the upper level and shore level. A licensed concession can be found in the Springer Lobby and the Springer Box Office opens two hours prior to Springer Theatre shows.
Limited wheelchair seating is available by reservation, as well as infrared hearing devices. The Springer Theater has a level entrance and accessible washroom on the upper deck.
- Operates two fully-renovated historic venues side by side on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Gananoque—the 360 seat Springer Theatre and the 140 seat Firehall Theatre.
- Produces 80-90% of the 7-10 productions presented annually, using professional talent (designers, directors, scenic artists and performers) from across the country.
- Spends the majority of our annual operating budget ‘onstage’, earning us a reputation for producing works with very high production values.
- Annually attracts more than 44,000 tourists and area residents.
- Is one of the top five summer festivals in Ontario, along with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Soulpepper and Drayton Entertainment. It is the most active theatre in Eastern Ontario.
- Provides theatre education and outreach through the Thousand Islands Playhouse Young Company, which not only brings theatre to children throughout Eastern Ontario, but also provides training opportunities for aspiring professionals.
- Has a regional economic impact of $10 million annually.
- By the end of 2012, will have presented 197 productions including 26 world premieres.
- Has been a major supporter of Canadian content since 1982, with approximately 80% of its programming now created by Canadian writers.
- Has been praised in national and international media such as Variety Magazine, NCPR radio and The Globe & Mail, and was called “the most charming theatre in the country” by CBC radio.