Venues

The Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd. (ACC) is a unique nonprofit community arts cooperative that owns and operates cultural facilities in the landmark Acadia Cinema building at 450 Main Street in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. ACC’s community engagement and cultural facilities serve primarily the Annapolis Valley, Halifax Regional Municipality and Lunenburg County in Nova Scotia, but audiences arrive from all regions of the province, as do performers and presenters, who also come from across Canada.

The Cooperative’s venues include the Al Whittle Theatre, Studio-Z and Jack’s Gallery.

Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre

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Since 2004, Acadia Cinema’s state of the art 160 soft-seat Al Whittle Theatre has been the home of ACC’s anchor tenant, the Fundy Film Society, live music, theatre, dance, author readings, conferences and much more! The theatre is named for A. Ellsworth (Al) Whittle, former manager of the venue (from 1953 – 2000), and current honourary board member of both the Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd. and the Fundy Film Society.

Visit the Al Whittle Theatre’s website for a complete calendar of events, rental information and technical details.

Studio-Z

Studio-ZCompleted in 2010, Studio-Z is a flexible, well-equiped multi-purpose 35 soft-seat venue (20’ x 40’) for a wide variety of community activities, digital screening and intimate live performance—an affordable venue for emerging artists to share their work. With two tiled showers it also serves as the Al Whittle Theatre Green Room/dressing rooms. In a community-wide naming contest (marke slipp won), the new space honours Bill Zimmerman, founding member and volunteer designer/manager of the Cooperative’s facilities.

Visit the Studio-Z’s website for a complete calendar of events, rental information and technical details.

Jack's GalleryJack’s Gallery is a non-profit society and shared venture of the Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd. and Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op with funding from Youth Challenge International. Named in honour of Jack Sheriff who started the Theatre Arts Festival International (TAFI) in the 70s and ran the Kipawo Theatre and Art Gallery on Main Street, Wolfville, until his death in 2005, the gallery was officially opened in January 2009. Shasta Grant, Kate Adams and Barbara Kaiser initiated and created this community exhibition space. Located in the Al Whittle Theatre lobby, Jack’s Gallery provides rotating exhibits for the creative efforts of local youth and emerging visual artists. For some it has been a first time opportunity to show and sell their work.

For more information about Jack’s Gallery, please visit the Jack‘s Gallery Facebook page (for current exhibits), or ACC’s Jack‘s Gallery page (for historical information).

What Goes on in Our Venues?

Cinematic events

  • Year-round weekly film series
  • Valley premières
  • Children’s Saturday matinées
  • Educational and fund-raising screenings
  • Film festivals
  • Multi-disciplinary film-based events
  • Services for local film production

Performing arts

  • Theatre
  • Multi-media performance art
  • Musical theatre, operetta, opera
  • Dance
  • Vocal/instrumental ensembles, broad range of genres and sizes
  • CD launches, audio/video recordings

Community arts, cultural, educational and business activities

  • Literary readings, book launches
  • Script development, rehearsals
  • Classes
  • Seminars, conferences, meetings, gatherings and celebrations
  • Teledialogue on the Big Screen

Opportunities for young and emerging artists

  • Affordable professional venue to develop and perform work
  • Audio/video recording capability for marketing materials
  • Public gallery for rotating exhibits to showcase work

For more information about the Al Whittle Theatre and Studio-Z, please visit www.alwhittletheatre.ca. For more information about Jack’s Gallery, please visit the Jack‘s Gallery Facebook page (for current exhibits), or ACC’s Jack‘s Gallery page (for historical information).