Why donate to the Nelson Civic Theatre Society? Because your contribution matters and will help us reach our goals in our most pressing priority areas. Plus you get a charitable receipt to boot.

Current Priorities

Main Stage Upgrade

Our venue has been a key community gathering place for more than 80 years. We have a vision to build on this history of local use by thoughtfully improving our historic auditorium to meet the needs of the present and the future.

We are currently raising funds for the following:

  • Purchasing a roll-up screen and stage drapery, opening up our full stage space for gatherings, workshops, film production, and other community use.
  • Stripping, repairing and repainting our original stage surface (complete with 1930s-era footlights!).
  • Upgrading our clunky and antiquated electrical controls to a modern panel and current standard.
  • Restore our historic hemp house rigging, as we are one of very few remaining hemp house theatres in North America – a true relic of theatre history.

Theatre Expansion

Support our More Than Movies campaign – a plan to build a second and third theatre within our current footprint, improve our washrooms and complete other necessary and innovative upgrades to our venue.

We want our facility to be able to expand the boundaries of cinema arts, social connectivity, and community space. Our renovated facility will include a fiber optic connection, and a professional post-production cinema and music mixing studio in one of our theatres. We would like to be a place where people not only see films and attend educational events, but also have the opportunity to create new content and share it with the world via fiber optic connectivity.

NCTS plans to upgrade and diversify The Civic Theatre, our 10,000-sqft space housed in Nelson’s historic Civic Centre through a phased approach. We will add two new digital screens within our current footprint and vastly improve meeting and community space in the venue.