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Explore the Historic Westdale Theatre with Doors Open Ontario

We are thrilled to welcome you to The Westdale Theatre as part of Doors Open Ontario 2024! Join us on Sunday, May 5th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm for an immersive journey into the history and magic of this iconic Hamilton landmark.

About Doors Open Ontario
Doors Open Ontario is more than just a tour—it’s an opportunity to unlock the doors to our heritage and culture. Since its inception in 2002, this province-wide event has welcomed over 8.3 million visitors to explore Ontario’s rich history and architectural treasures.

Discover The Westdale Theatre
Step inside Hamilton’s first purpose-built cinema for “talkies,” beautifully restored to its original Art Deco glory by the Westdale Cinema Group. Marvel at the stunning architecture and explore the unique features that make this theatre a cinematic gem.

Event Highlights

  • Guided Tours: Our knowledgeable volunteers will offer guided tours, sharing intriguing “fun facts” about the theatre’s history and restoration journey.
  • Screenings: Enjoy screenings of Hamilton Originals hosted by our very own board member, Mike McCurlie.
  • Interactive Exhibits: Explore poster board displays detailing the theatre’s fascinating history.
  • Fun for Kids: Let the little ones participate in a fun game of finding hidden mini ducks around the theatre for a chance to win a small popcorn.
  • Concessions: Our concessions stand will be open, offering refreshments for purchase.
  • Backstage Access: Experience a self-guided tour to see the tiny room backstage and peek behind the screen. Hear the roar of the projector in action!

Join Us for a Day of Exploration
Admission is free! Simply drop by The Westdale Theatre on May 5th between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Explore, discover, and celebrate the cultural heritage of Ontario with Doors Open Ontario.