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Downtown Performing Arts Centre

The Downtown Performing Arts Centre will be a specialized, purpose-built and professionally managed facility that will present, promote and develop the arts in Niagara.

The project is being developed in partnership with Brock University, which will be moving the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts to an adjacent location.

This development is key to revitalizing Downtown St. Catharines, the urban growth centre of Niagara, and will add an important new cultural attraction to the region, serving artists, students and arts patrons across the peninsula.

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Visit the dedicated Performing Arts Centre website for information on events, fundraising and much more.

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The Downtown Performing Arts Centre will be constructed on the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul streets. The Canada Hair Cloth Building is the chosen site for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Centre. Links between the two facilities are part of the conceptual plans.


  • 775-seat concert hall (Partridge Hall)
  • 210-seat dance/theatre venue (Robertson Theatre)
  • 300-seat recital hall with shared access with the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (Cairns Recital Hall)
  • 187-seat film venue with shared access with the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Centre will also have a multi-purpose space, community lobby and box office to serve the centre and various community arts organizations.


Watch the Conceptual designs of Performing Arts Centre unveiled

Watch the Demolition Ceremony for the Performing Arts Centre

News Releases

Another major donation for Performing Arts Centre


Two more major donations for Performing Arts Centre


Algoma gives $250,000 to PAC


Work to begin on Performing Arts Centre


Partridge donates $1 million to PAC


Arts Centre designs go digital


New Performing Arts Centre designs take centre stage


Council approves Performing Arts Centre design


Partnership puts creative face on PAC construction site


Council sends PAC back to drawing board


City to review PAC bids


City tenders for PAC construction


Webcam to stream PAC construction

Shovels in the ground for Performing Arts Centre

Niagara firm gets PAC contract

City and Brock University finalize agreement for downtown arts complex

Conceptual designs for Performing Arts Centre unveiled

Website will track development of downtown arts complex

Niagara launches innovative plan to boost local arts industry

Architects get to work on arts centre and school projects

Architect poised to transform Downtown

Arts Centre architect approved

Diamond and Schmitt named preferred architect for arts centre

RFP to be issued Nov. 17

Architects short-listed for downtown St. Catharines Arts Complex


View the Downtown Performing Arts Centre feasibility study

Download the St. Catharines Downtown Creative Cluster Master Plan

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