Getting to Know Guelph: River Run Centre
Welcome to the latest edition of Getting to Know Guelph. In each edition, we'll highlight one area or landmark in the city that deserves some recognition.
In this installment, we highlight the River Run Centre - the city's premier place for plays, concerts, and various other entertainment shows!
(If you missed our last edition on Riverside Park, you can check it out here!)
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River Run Centre
Location: 35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3V1 (See Map)
Beginning construction in 1995, the River Run Centre first opened its doors to the public in April 1997. Since then, it has been Guelph's #1 performing arts centre.
The building is conveniently located Downtown Guelph, directly along the Speed River that runs through the outer part of the downtown area. Trees and walking trails surround the theatre and bus routes are located in front of the main entrance for easy transportation.
Today, it hosts hundreds of musicals, plays, concerts, dances, and other performances each year.
The theatre itself actually has three separate halls: Main, Co-operators, and Canada Company. Each hall seats a different number of people; the Main Hall is the largest with a capacity of 785 while the Co-operators Hall is the second-largest, seating approximately 225 people.
In fact, the name of Canada Company Hall originated by honouring the founder of Guelph, John Galt, who worked for the Canada Company at the time.
Some notable performers and shows who have appeared at the River Run Centre in the past include Serena Ryder, Gerry Dee, Legends of Motown, Brett Kissel, Lighthouse, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Annie, and The Nutcracker.
You can find a list of upcoming shows here.
One thing we do suggest, however, is that you arrive early if you are attending a performance! Parking can be hard to find because of its downtown location -especially if there is another event happening simultaneously at the Sleeman Centre.
FAST FACT: The location of the River Run Centre was originally used as a place for fancy dress carnivals and balls at a place called the Speed Skating Rink in 1882. It eventually turned into a warehouse that burned down in 1991 before construction on the River Run broke ground in 1995.
Check back next month for the next edition of Getting to Know Guelph. If you have a suggestion, let us know!