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Theatres & Performance

Cultural Community, Flourishing Arts

Belleville has built a thriving cultural community with a flourishing theatre and performance scene that is booming. With a number of annual events, a world class symphony, community theatre groups, a premier ballet school and two historic theatre’s you are sure to find a play, performance or movie that’s just right for you.

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Night Kitchen Too

Night Kitchen Too was created to provide opportunities for musicians and poets from the Greater Quinte Region to perform for an attentive, supportive audience at the Pinnacle Playhouse in downtown Belleville. Audiences can expect to see seasoned professionals present their latest efforts and, at the same time, offer mentoring/modeling for performers whose experience on stage may be their first in public. Each event includes a “featured performer,” a well-developed artist with a limited audience who could, with more exposure, develop a professional career. Informal jams that follow the stage show enable all the evening’s talent to “mix it up” and encourage audience members to sing along, dance or just close their eyes and connect with the sound.

The Belleville Theatre Guild

The Belleville Theatre Guild is now in their 67th season. This experienced community theatre group performs at the beautiful Pinnacle Playhouse. They perform a wide variety of plays, musicals, one-act shows and theatre-related workshops. The Belleville Theatre Guild is the envy of many community theatres throughout Ontario and beyond. Whether you are looking for drama, comedy, or a musical the Belleville Theatre Guild provides great entertainment at family friendly pricing.

The Village Theatre

The Village Theatre is Belleville’s newest community theatre group. Now in their 5th season, they offer great dinner & show events at Capers restaurant. They also offer workshops and improv classes for aspiring local actors.

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The Quinte Symphony

The Quinte Symphony is recognized as one of the most significant performing arts organizations in the Quinte Region. For almost 60 years the symphony has been providing Quinte with world-class live orchestral music, featuring both local and International talent. Performing out of the acoustically renowned Bridge Street Chruch, their performances are a must see for every music fan.

The Quinte Ballet School of Canada

Belleville is home to one of Canada’s top full time professional ballet schools, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. This premier school is home to talented young dancers training to become world class professionals. Many of its graduates go on to perform with major Canadian and international dance companies, and you have the opportunity to see them during their annual showcase events.



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The Empire Theatre

The Empire Theatre is not only a world class venue to see some of the biggest names in music. The historic theatre brings a wide array of entertainment to downtown Belleville. Home to the annual Belleville Downtown Docfest and Quinte Film Alternative airing incredible documentaries and films that you would not see at chain theatres. They also host regular screenings of award-winning and internationally renowned movies as well. Outside of amazing film events, the Empire Theatre also brings in stand up comedians, live family shows, dance recitals and lots of other special events each year.

The Pinnacle Playhouse

The Pinnacle Playhouse located in the heart of downtown Belleville has been the home of the Belleville Theatre Guild since 1969. Performing 5 annual shows here including one-act plays and musicals, the playhouse is the perfect location for community theatre. The Pinnacle Playhouse is also a venue for a variety of film nights and the annual Belleville Downtown Docfest, as well as, home to Night Kitchen Too.