Downtown Victoria Tour – Centennial Square

Government Street – 1600 Block

The McPherson Playhouse was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M. Warren for the Victoria real estate investment firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot.

This Victoria Heritage Building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.

McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, Government Street elevation. This building was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren for the Victoria real estate firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot

McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, Government Street elevation. This building was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren for the Victoria real estate firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot

The McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, was originally designed in 1914 as an office building by architect Jesse Warren

The McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, was originally designed in 1914 as an office building by architect Jesse Warren

The McPherson Playhouse as seen from Government Street and Pandora Avenue. The original 1914 building is in the background and the 1963 addition is in the foreground.

The McPherson Playhouse as seen from Government Street and Pandora Avenue. The original 1914 building is in the background and the 1963 addition is in the foreground.

Additional Information on the McPherson Playhouse

A Brief History of the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square

The McPherson Playhouse was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M. Warren for the Victoria real estate investment firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot.

It was first leased to the Pantages Theatre, which moved here from 566 Johnson Street in 1914.

As the vaudeville circuit declined in the 1920’s, this theatre was converted from a live venue to a combination of movie theatre and live theatre, operated under a variety of names, including the York Theatre, the Empire Theatre and the York Theatre.

When owner Thomas Shanks McPherson died in 1962, his will bequeathed this theatre to the City of Victoria along with funds for its restoration. The City of Victoria upgraded the theatre, including the addition on the south side that is now the theatre entrance. The renovated McPherson Playhouse was incorporated into the Centennial Square redevelopment. It is now operated by the Royal & McPherson Theatre Society, which also operates the Royal Theatre at 805 Broughton Street.

These Satyrs faces are original interior detailing in the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theate was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

These Satyrs faces are original interior detailing in the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theatre was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

This Satyr's face is an original interior detail the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theate was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

This Satyr’s face is an original interior detail the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theatre was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

These seating panels are original interior detailing in the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theate was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

These aisle panels on the balcony seating are original interior detailing in the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. This theatre was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren and much of its original interior detail is still intact.

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