Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre

The Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre came into existence in 2006, following a resolution by Drayton Valley Town Council to purchase the historic Cardium Theatre. The Cardium Theatre was originally built in Drayton Valley, AB, in 1956 – one of the first buildings to grace the streets of this rural Alberta community. It operated as a family-run movie theatre for 50 years, until, in 2006, plans arose to introduce a new multi-plex theatre in the town. We recognized the opportunity to not only save and restore this historic landmark, but to also make an investment in the town and the arts.

The centre is named for Eleanor Pickup, a pillar of the Drayton Valley community who passed away in 2006.

We envision, through renovations and upgrades, a revitalized venue for the performing arts in Drayton Valley and surrounding Brazeau County. We intend to encourage greater participation in the performing arts both locally and throughout the province and preserve the history and heritage of a local landmark.

The renovation of the centre will provide space for a wide range of activities including performing arts such as music, drama and dance, festivals, fundraisers, and municipal, church or organization meetings and gatherings. The historical context of the Cardium Theatre will be retained, as the façade is updated to create a true focal point in downtown Drayton Valley. The renovated centre will see updates to its facilities, access points, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and upgrades such as technology, enhanced guest and user services.  Already, our renovated stage and new LED lighting system has increased our sustainability and also our usability for local groups.

The total cost of the renovation to this historic site is estimated at $2.7 million. We currently have $950,000 and need your financial support to reach this target.

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About the Project

A community where adults and youth perform and entertain in a unique venue which preserves a local landmark and serves as a focal point of downtown Drayton Valley.

Our Mission

To create a multipurpose performing arts venue for the greater Drayton Valley community and to encourage and foster participation in the performing arts while revitalizing the downtown area.

Our Vision

What’s Happening:

Information on our 2016 - 2017 concert series will soon be available. We are very excited for the new lineup!

If you have tickets you are unable to use, please donate them back to us - many of our “sold out” shows are not fully attended. If you are unable to get tickets for one of our shows, please show up before showtime in case we have had tickets returned.

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The Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre is a proud member of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta.