Be a Culture Vulture

It’s sometimes hard to please everyone when choosing a vacation destination. Some want to lounge around in the sun all day, others want to get out and explore local culture. Some want to do both. Lake Huron’s shoreline is the perfect destination for those who want it all.

PROFESSIONAL LIVE THEATRE

Huron Country Playhouse & Playhouse II, Grand Bend

www.huroncountryplayhouse.com, 1-855-372-9866. 2019 season: Main Stage & Playhouse II, Grand Bend: DraytonEntertainment.com, 1-855-372-9866. 2019 season: Main Stage – Thoroughly Modern Millie (June 5-22), Disney’s Newsies (June 27-July 13), Rocky: The Musical (July 18-August 3), Grease (August 8-31). Playhouse II – Glory (June 12-22), You’ll Get Used To It…The War Show (June 27-July 13), Twelve Angry Men (July 18-August 3), Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto (August 8-31).

Fall and Winter concerts at the Playhouse are announced closer to concert dates. A special concert or seasonal production is held in December.

Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia

www.thevpp.ca, 1-800-717-7694. 2019 Season: You’ve Got A Friend: The Music of Carole King and James Taylor (April 30-May 18), Summer of ’69 (June 4-23), Murder for Two (July 2-21), The New Canadian Curling Club (August 6-25), Hogan’s Hoedown (September 30-22), Dracula (October 15-27).

Blyth Festival, Blyth

www.blythfestival.com, 1-877-862-5984. 2019 season: True Confessions from the 9th Concession Fundraiser (May 23-25), Jumbo (June 12-August 10), Cake-Walk (June 26-August 10), Team On The Hill (July 31-Sepember 5), In The Wake of Wettlaufer (August 7-September 6), Bed and Breakfast (September 11-28).

Stratford Festival, Stratford

www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com, 1-800-567-1600. 2019 season: Othello (May 3-October 27), Billy Elliot: The Musical (April 16-November 3), The Merry Wives of Windsor (May 11-October 26), The Front Page (July 30-October 25), Private Lives (April 24-October 26), Little Shop of Horrors (April 29-November 2), The Neverending Story (May 16-November 3), The Crucible (August 1-October 25), Henry VIII (May 8-October 12), Mother’s Daughter (May 18-October 13), Nathan The Wise (May 25-October 11), Birds of a Kind (July 30-October 13).

The Livery / Goderich Little Theatre, Goderich

www.thelivery.ca, 519-524-6262. The Livery presents a number of theatrical productions under the Goderich Little Theatre flag, as well as national and international films (see “For Movie Goers” below) and live musical concerts. 2019 season: The Fantasticks (February 23 & 24, March 1-3, 8 & 9), Crimes of the Heart (May 2-5, 9-12).

FOR MOVIE-GOERS

Two unique movie venues are located in the area: the Kineto Theatre in Forest, which is one of the world’s oldest movie theatres and the Starlite Drive-In, one of the last remaining drive-ins in Ontario. Both theatres screen first-run movies and always have family-friendly options.

Kineto Theatre (Forest)

In operation since 1917, Kineto is open four days a week, year round! Some movies shown in 3D. Call or go online to find out what’s playing. See what’s on: kineto.ca | 519-786-2303 | 24 King St. W., Forest.

Starlite Drive-In (Grand Bend)

What could be more fun than enjoying the remaining heat of a summer day while bundling the kids up in their pajamas to watch a movie under the stars? Call or go online to find out what’s playing. The 2019 season opens May 3 with Avengers 4 and Disney’s Adaddin. starlitedriveintheatre.com, 519-238-8344, 36752 Crediton Road.

Park Theatre, Goderich:

Two screens playing current movies. movielinks.ca/park-theatre-goderich, 1-800-265-3438, 30 The Square, Goderich.

The Livery Film Fest, Goderich

The Livery runs a film series between September and April of national and international films in partnership with the Toronto Film Festival and Film Circuit Board. Visit thelivery.ca/film-series.

 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Forest Film Festival, Forest – January 21 & 23, February 18 & 20, March 18 & 20, 2019
  • Lambton Film & Food Festival, Forest – May 23-26, 2019

See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.