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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Opening of the Opera House in St. Catharines, one of many "opera houses" in smaller towns in Ontario such as Barrie, Berlin (Kitchener), Brantford, Brockville, Chatham, Cobourg, Galt, Gananoque, Guelph, Peterborough, Stratford, St. Thomas, Windsor and Woodstock. Usually seating about 1,000 spectators, these halls served as one or two night stop-overs for touring companies on the way to longer, more profitable runs in larger centres such as Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and cities in the United States.