enter the Savoy Theatre is to step back In time. It was built by
MacSween Contractors for its owner, John Connor, in the
nineteen-twenties, to the specifications of the famed Victorian show
houses. In keeping with the times, live performances of every
description including boxing matches, were staged here in the early
days. In its first fifty years, the Savoy provided the setting for a
host of local performers and theatrical productions, and for thousands
of visiting stars.
the early 1970's, through the initiative of Mayor Dan Munroe, the Town
of Glace Bay purchased the theatre from Famous Players, who were using
it as a movie house. With the help of both Federal and Provincial
funding, the town immediately embarked on a renovations program to
restore the Savoy. The renovations followed strictly along the lines of
the original building and no major changes were made to the fine
superstructure. The rococo cast iron chandeliers were retained and
refurbished, but new sound and projection equipment was installed and
dressing-rooms and other facilities updated.
Savoy was officially opened in May 1976, with Lieutenant-Governor Grosse
and Premier Regan of Nova Scotia in attendance, and live radio coverage.
Special guest was CBC Newscaster Lloyd Robertson. The Glace Bay and
Sydney Rotary clubs combined to mount a ten-day performance of "The
King and I", which at the time broke all box office records in the
then, the Savoy has been the setting for a wide range of cultural
activities. These have ranged from our own renowned Cape Breton artists,
to visitors such as Stomping Tom Connors, Maureen Forrester, the Neptune
Theatre, the Atlantic Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and the
Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
before the 1991 season was to have begun, the then manager wrote,
"The record-breaking attendance of the past two years shows not
only that people do appreciate the 1920's theatre, but that this
historic theatre is used now more than it ever was, attesting to the
foresight of its original builder, and also to the wisdom of the people
of Glace Bay." Another new program to replace all the old seats was
well underway when the fire struck, destroying much of the interior.
the fire in 1991, the Savoy reopened on May 7th, 1993. The Savoy has
been host to a variety of performers such as Symphony Nova Scotia, Liona
Boyd, Natalie MacMaster, Michelle Wright, as well as the Glace Bay
School Bands, Island Voices and many more of Cape Breton's talented
is always welcome to help preserve this wonderful theatre. For more
information on what you can do to help, please read all about The Savoy