Community-owned theatre located in the heart of the historic Old Strathcona district in Edmonton Alberta. The Varscona was constructed from the 1950s Fire hall #6 in 1982, and initially named Chinook Theatre. It was renamed the Varscona in 1996, after Edmonton's original Varscona Theatre, a 1940s art deco movie theatre located on Whyte Avenue and 109 Street, which was demolished in 1987. In 2015, the theatre underwent an extensive $7.5 million rebuild, adding a large foyer, backstage space, large rehearsal area off the lobby, a large stage which is no more than four feet from the audience, and raked seating for 200 patrons, while retaining three brick interior walls, and the iconic sixty-foot fire station hose tower.
It is a home venue for Shadow, Teatro La Quindicina, Die-Nasty The Live Improvised Soap Opera, Thatís Terrific, The VIP Kids Show, Grindstone Theatre, The Maggie Tree, Trunk Theatre, The Plain Janes, and Whizzgiggling Productions. It was the original theatre space for the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, and every August continues to host groups including The Plain Janes, Guys in Disguise, Edmonton Actorsí Theatre, Caution: May Contain Nuts, Panties Productions, Pony Productions, Kill Your Television, and Chorus Productions. Annually, the theatre provides 300 diverse cultural performances, playing to over 30,000 audience members.
Profile by Anne Nothof, Athabasca University
Last updated 2016-08-10