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“Town Gem”

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Petrolia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Nestled in the heart of south western Ontario's Lambton County, and framed by Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, Petrolia is known as "The Greatest Town on Earth". Its unique history as the cradle of the global oil industry is complimented by its countless lush green parks, grand church spires and colourful gardens.Enjoy all the unique shops, restaurants, beautiful bed and breakfasts and of course, the renowned Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. The 400 seat, state of the art theatre is housed in Victoria Hall, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the county. About the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia - Victoria Playhouse is a gem of a theatre located in the Victoria Hall in Petrolia, just 3 hours from Toronto, 1 hour from London, 1 1/2 hours from Detroit and 20 minutes from Sarnia in Ontario or Port Huron right across the border in Michigan, USA. The Playhouse, just like the legendary Phoenix, has literally risen from its own ashes after the devastating fire of January 1989. Situated in Ontario's first oil town and after having provided a venue for theatre productions for over 100 years, Victoria Playhouse is now a modern, fully equipped, state-of-the-art, 425 seats, air-conditioned facility.
Petrolia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Town Gem”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I have been to the playhouse several times. Like any theatre, some of the shows are wonderful some are less than. However, the venue is lovely and the staff, both volunteer and paid are remarkable. I would recommend an excursion there anytime.

Visited August 2013
Thank Michelle C
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Petrolia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Classy place”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We come here to see the shows in the summer. We always sit in the front row in the balcony. We like the birds eye view on the stage. The place is really clean and classy. The building is beautiful and most of the shows are so much fun to watch. Get the odd show that we are not impressed with but you can't like them all. I'm thankful to have such a nice playhouse right here in my own town. It's exciting when you get a popular celebrity coming here. We come here often.

Visited July 2013
Thank Tracy W
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Waterloo, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
561 reviews
322 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
“Impressive town and playhouse!”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

This small town in southern Ontario has a lot going in it's favor. A rich oil history, very nice people and a great playhouse! The playhouse is the big draw and for good reason,it's located in a beautiful old building with new seating and a great lineup of plays,plus excellent actor's and actresses. We saw "The Odd Couple" and it was well done,very professional. You can tell the people who work there love what they do and it shows. In talking to some of the town people we felt their sense of pride in the playhouse and the city. We live about four hours away but we will not hesitate to come back to this wonderful playhouse in Petrolia!.

Visited June 2013
Thank terrsall
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Chatham, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“New York quality in a small Ontario town”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

We have just come home from seeing a comedy at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia. It was a well known Neil Simon classic "The Odd Couple",
When one thinks of a small town theatre one also thinks of semi-amatuer of not amatuer performers and performances.
The tone and quality of the actors and the professionalism of supporting members was superb.
We were struck by how well everything was done and one thing really caught our attention and that was the set changes, new. inovative and fun.
We really enjoyed out day and especially the play put on by a wonderful company. We will be returning many times I am sure.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank BridgetD710
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Wallaceburg, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“A cultural treasure”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We saw our friend's daughter in Les Miserables. The Playhouse is well appointed and historic. You could even get a glass of wine between acts.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank TheoneandonlyCT
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