Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
|Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts|
|Location||Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada|
|Construction started||October 5, 2006|
|Inaugurated||February 28, 2009|
|Design and construction|
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts is a 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) multi-use cultural facility on 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) of land directly on Yonge Street in the heart of Richmond Hill's downtown core, at the corner of Yonge and Wright Streets. The Centre will provide a home for Richmond Hill's diverse arts community, create a destination in the downtown core, and be a major venue to bring Canadian and international performing and visual arts to Richmond Hill and York Region.
The Town of Richmond Hill Council approved the site of the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts at the former site of the old Town Hall in September of 2003. Located in the downtown core of Richmond Hill, the theatre was intended to serve the community in embracing the diversity of Richmond Hill while providing a world class cultural facility. The centre was designed by internationally renowned architect Jack Diamond and his firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects . The 30 million dollar construction project was the largest ever undertaken by the town. Interestingly, the centre integrated the fully restored Richmond Hill High School (circa 1897), which houses the Centre's administrative offices and a commercial space (Covernotes Tea and Coffee House) 
The Centre is to host:
- Main Auditorium, seating 631 guests, the largest seating capacity of any theatre in York Region.
- The 150-seat Rehearsal Hall with a flexible configuration for interactive presentations, dinner theatre, award ceremonies and corporate events.
- Lobby Galleries to display an array of visual arts.
- Outdoor Piazza perfect to exhibit large-scale art and to bring productions and presentations in the open air (alfresco).
- Multi-purpose rooms for meetings, classrooms etc.
- Restored Heritage Building which will house the Centre’s administrative offices on the second floor while future commercial and/or retail spaces are being considered for the ground level.
In addition, the theatre is the largest of its kind in York Region with a full hydraulic orchestra pit. 
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts will: - Offer a full season of professional entertainment presented to celebrate the cultures of our community - Provide multiple opportunities for students to embrace the performing arts - Ensure financial accessibility for community groups who book the Centre - Provide exceptional customer service to all Centre patrons and clients - Create and maintain a national identity for excellence in programming and customer service - Operate in a fiscally sound manner in an effort to reduce financial support from community tax payers
The theatre has implemented a new 2013/2014 educational series. The educational series will offer new exciting programs including a new Educational Outreach Program. There will be four unique theatre education categories including guest artists in the classroom and pre-show workshops. Teachers will get the opportunity to discover how to enhance arts education into a classroom atmosphere and maximize the potential of students through theatrical arts. Other educational programs that the theatre will offer includes musical theatre classes, glee club, and acting training. 
Group Sales and Packages
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts also offers packages and group sales. The centre is available as a venue for corporate, client-based, fundraising and charitable events. The centre can accommodate groups of 10-600. 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.|
- Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - The official web site
- Raise the Curtain Campaign
- Latest news on the project
- Theatre Webcam Still Images from the construction site
- Groundbreaking ceremony