The Prince Rupert Performing Arts Centre was built as a state of the art facility and was opened in 1987. In 2006 it was renamed Lester Centre of the Arts. It is operated by a non-profit society for the cultural benefit of the people of the Pacific Northwest. The house features side and upper balconies, with unobstructed view from all seats. Modern sound and lighting equipment complement the comfortable padded seats to produce an enjoyable and enlightening theatre experience. The spacious lobby hosts art displays from local artists as well as a soft bar.
The Lester Centre is the heart of arts in Prince Rupert and surrounding communities. The facility averages over 120 performances each year including the Prince Rupert community musical, BC Annual Dance Competition, and TEDx Prince Rupert. The venue is also used for rehearsals, dance classes, meetings and school district events with more than 420 bookings in a season. The facility contains a 700 seat auditorium, rehearsal room, a number of versatile meeting rooms and a lobby gallery display. Any event is possible at the Lester Centre of the Arts: conventions, auctions, and televised town hall meetings are just some of the events that we host.
Lester Centre hours are Monday to Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.