Live music, movies return to the landmark Port Theatre

August 12, 2020
Port Theatre
Port Theatre

The curtains have opened and the show is back on at one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks and cultural venues.

After several months of downtime due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Port Theatre on Montreal Road is back in business with its popular combination of live tribute concerts and classic movie screenings.

“We look at it this way, if you don’t move forward then you’re just going to stand still,” said owner Larry Sylvain. “You’ve got to kick the can and hope for the best.”

The theatre has worked closely with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to implement physical distancing measures for the benefit of patrons, and the result is a slightly different experience for visitors. Movies and live shows are limited to a maximum of 50 for the time being, while masks are mandatory inside the venue until seated.

Sylvain said the adjustments have been well-received by the theatre’s supporters, many of whom were anxious to visit after a difficult few months. Still, the owner acknowledges there’s a long road to travel on the road to full recovery.

“I think people are still leery yet of venturing out too far,” he said. “This is why we’re trying some new things, to try and initiate some interest.”

In addition to showing some classic movies this month – E.T. for the younger audience and Jaws for the adults – the Port has lined up two tribute concerts, one for Neil Young on Saturday, August 15th and another for Bob Marley on Saturday, August 22nd.

The evening shows will be pre-empted by live afternoon performances (around 2 pm weather permitting) by the artists outside the Port. Those with a ticket for the evening show will receive free admission to the licenced area while others can enter the licenced area for $10. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the outdoor music – at a safe distance from others, of course.

“We’re trying to adapt and entertain with the outdoor events,” Sylvain said. “Hopefully it will generate some interest for the evening shows and for the theatre.”

Tickets to the upcoming shows are limited to 50 each. They are available for $40 in advance at the Port Theatre box office or $50 at the door (subject to availability). There are still tickets remaining for Saturday’s Neil Young tribute.

Movie tickets meanwhile are only $5 – and don’t forget to grab some of the theatre’s classic popcorn!

Additional Information

For additional information about the upcoming shows, make sure to check out the Port Theatre’s Facebook page.

About the Port Theatre

Located in Cornwall’s Le Village district, the Port Theatre is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Originally titled The Roxy, the Port opened in December of 1941 to glowing success – a tradition that continues to this day.

In recent years, owner Larry Sylvain and his team have been working tirelessly to bring live events and world class music back to the forefront of Cornwall, all while delivering a great cinema experience.

For additional information on the Port Theatre, make sure to check out their Facebook page.

Play it safe!

We all have a part to play in combating the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to wear masks in indoor public spaces and practice frequent hand washing and physical distancing. For the latest guidelines and restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website.


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Article by Kevin Lajoie
Cornwall Tourism