It began with a group of Summerside citizens who had a vision to create a state of the art performing arts facility for Prince County. Years of tireless planning and fundraising ensued. The non-profit Regional Cultural Events Centre Inc. was formed to administer fundraising, and The Summerside Regional Development Corporation would be the body to construct and operate the Wyatt Centre which would house, along with the pre-existing Eptek Centre and the PEI Sports Hall of Fame, a 520-seat theatre.

Generous support was garnered from government, the business community, and many private citizens. The major contributor, after whom the building was named, was The Wyatt Foundation, representing well-known Summerside citizen and patron of the arts, Dr. Wanda Wyatt. The foundation made an initial donation of $500,000 and matched subsequent contributions to the tune of an additional half million dollars.  More than a decade from its inception, the vision became reality on July 10, 1996 as the curtain rose on opening night of Jamboree – A Maritime Musical Revue (written by Jamie Bradley). “Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre” was born.

Today we are known simply as Harbourfront Theatre, although many still, and probably always will, affectionately refer to us as “The Jubliee.”


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