Fergus Grand Theatre

This historic 244 seat theatre in Centre Wellington (Elora & Fergus) Ontario has been in operation since 1928, and has recently undergone incredible renovations.

The Fergus Grand Theatre in the Township of Centre Wellington can comfortably seat up to 252 guests facing a raised stage. Modern heating and air conditioning systems, theatrical lighting, and sound and audio-visual capabilities create a comfortable setting

Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office Hours

Tues - Sat : 10am - 4pm

Box Office is open 1hr prior to every scheduled performance.

244 St Andrew St West Fergus, ON N1M 1N7 (view map)

Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office

Fergus Grand Theatre

History Highlighted | Source : Township of Centre Wellington)

A part of the community since 1928, the historic Fergus Grand Theatre has changed hands and uses over the years, but has never lost sight of its purpose of providing community entertainment.

 

The Fergus Grand Theatre was the dream of Sam Fardella, who turned the site of an old barn into a theatre on the main street of Fergus. On August 28, 1928, Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM in Hollywood, sent Sam best wishes by telegram on the Grand Theatre's opening night.
 

Throughout the 1930's, 40's and 50's the Grand Theatre presented not only movies but also plays, concerts and other live events. With the rise of drive-ins and television in the late 50's and early 60's the theatre's popularity started to dwindle.

Cable television pioneer Jake Milligan bought the building in the late 1960's to house the rapidly growing Fergus-Elora Cable TV, as well as an electronics store. Live performances returned in the early 1980's with shows produced by the Elora Community Theatre and other local and regional theatre companies.

 

Hugh and Lorraine Drew-Brook bought the building in the early 1990's and a professional summer theatre started in 1993. Theatre on the Grand came to an end in the summer of 2003 and the building then became the property of the Township of Centre Wellington.

Today, the Fergus Grand Theatre has one full-time staff member and a small army of volunteers. It is rented out year-round to a large and growing list of individuals and organizations that use it for a wide variety of artistic, cultural and corporate events. Together these people are making the Fergus Grand Theatre a "community meeting place" once again.

 

Quick Facts for the Fergus Grand Theatre

The Fergus Grand Theatre has 252 comfortable permanent seats arranged in auditorium-style seating facing a raised stage. The building is equipped with modern heating and air conditioning systems, as well as theatrical lighting, sound and audio-visual capabilities.

252 Seats

Centrally located

Wheelchair Accessible

Watch Now:

Elora Community Theatre presents "The Dining Room" at the Fergus Grand Theatre

Located in the heart of Downtown Fergus Ontario

Sighs & Sounds of Fergus Ontario

This unique Scottish town has a charming theatre with quite a view.

A look at the Templin Gardens and Grand River

A unique town

The Fergus Grand Theatre is located on the historic Grand River in Fergus Ontario Canada, just over 1hr drive from Toronto Pearson Airport.  The theatre can comfortably seat up to 252 guests facing a raised stage.  Modern heating and air conditioning systems, theatrical lighting, and sound and audio-visual capabilities create a comfortable setting any time of year.

(above) Templin Gardens is located directly behind the Fergus Grand Theatre and the Grand River.

Fergus Downtown Ontario Map

The Fergus Grand Theatre is within walking distance of at least 6 restaurants and steps away from the historic Grand River. 

 

Renting the Fergus Grand Theatre

Rental Information | Source : Township of Centre Wellington

Host your next event in the historic Fergus Grand Theatre and create a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your guests will remember forever. Centrally located in the heart of beautiful downtown Fergus, this vintage place has been a part of the community since 1928. The Fergus Grand Theatre offers a distinctive atmosphere for your special day that cannot be duplicated.

 

Services Offered at the Fergus Grand Theatre

The Fergus Grand Theatre can provide full ticketing services, box-office management, venue rentals with lighting, sound system as well as other technical equipment available. A full service and wheelchair accessible theatre, owned by The Township of Centre Wellington and managed by Eric Goudie, Theatre Director.

The Fergus Grand Theatre has 252 comfortable permanent seats arranged in auditorium-style seating facing a raised stage. The building is equipped with modern heating and air conditioning systems, as well as theatrical lighting, sound and audio-visual capabilities.

Rental costs vary from booking to booking and are dependent upon the hours used (daytime, evening, or full day), the nature of the activity (rehearsal or performance), and the legal status of the client (individual, business, or non-profit organization). Rental rates are set by the Township of Centre Wellington and are adjusted annually.

Download Now:

Two important Fergus Grand Theatre downloads for event organizers and local promoters.

Eric Goudie and the Township of Centre Wellington have prepared two very helpful PDF downloads. that help provide idea graphic sizes for their ticket software and tips and detailed guide for hosting an event in Elora and Fergus.

Tips, Tricks & Essential Centre Wellington Guide.

A free helpful guide from Eric Goudie, Theatre Manager and the Township of Centre Wellington to help make your event a success. 

Important Graphic & Media Details All images size and dimensions for the Fergus Grand Theatre website, ticketing system and more.

Rental Information:

Additional information and theatre rental details

SOURCE: Township of Centre Wellington

Here is some additional information for theatre rentals:

  • All bookings require a $150 deposit to confirm the rental. This money is deducted from the total rental cost in the final settlement.

  • The digital projector and/or projection screen, if used, are subject to an additional fee.

  • All ticketed events must be run through our TixHub ticketing system, and are subject to a $2.70 per printed ticket handling fee. This fee (and HST, if applicable) must be included in your advertised ticket prices.

  • All non-ticketed events with public admission are subject to a Non-ticketed Public Event Fee for Front-of-House services, in lieu of the handling fee.

  • All events require proof of $2 million liability insurance for all events, with the Township/Theatre listed as co-insured. For clients that do not have their own insurance the theatre offers coverage through a third-party insurance provider for an additional fee.

  • The FGT Child Supervisor Policy applies to events with participants 16 years of age and under

  • SOCAN fees may apply to your event. If you do not have your own SOCAN account number, the theatre will deduct SOCAN fees from your final settlement and will remit them on your behalf.

  • The securing and payment of all other permissions, licenses, royalties, etc., is the sole responsibility of the renter

  • Renters are solely responsible for vigorously promoting their own events. The theatre offers in-house and website display space, municipal signage space, and inclusion in the Centre Wellington Leisure Guide (subject to print deadlines) as well as a walk-in, phone-in, and online box office, but has no mandate or budget to advertise events on its clients' behalf.

  • All technical work in the building must be completed by or under the supervision/training of, an approved FGT technician. The technician works independent of the theatre and negotiates with each individual renter directly. Please see our Technical Information Package for more details.

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