"A people place that is a theatre, a concert hall, an entertainment tool, a dance and opera house, a film theatre, a lecture hall... A performing arts centre must be all of these, but most of all it must be a warm, happy, busy place that is a pleasure to visit as an audience or to work in as a performer or a technician. Participation is what it is all about... Oakville residents may be in the audience one night, and perhaps, on stage the next."
Opening program, 1977
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts opened its doors in October of 1977, with an unveiling and dedication by Hon. James Snow on October 9. Designed by the Thom Partnership, creators of the Shaw Festival Theatre and built by the Town of Oakville, the Centre was financed by municipal and provincial grants and corporate and individual donations.
The Studio Theatre officially opened its doors in April of 1982. The intimate facility was designed to host cabaret theatre and receptions and other, smaller theatrical events.