Indian Head, SK theatre originally built in 1904 as opera house
This Saturday, Regina’s Library Voices, Rah Rah, Indigo Joseph and Andy Shauf will be in Indian Head, Saskatchewan to play a fundraiser for The Nite Hawk Theatre.
With the owners of the building are looking to get out of the business, the Indian Head Theatre and Community Arts Centre are hoping to acquire the historic theatre in order to create an arts and cultural hub.
Originally built in 1904 as the Indian Head Opera House, it has been a continually run entertainment venue for the past 109 years and has featured everything from early operas to silent films, theatre presentations and live bands.
“Since I have become more involved with the theatre and community I have heard of strange sounds that have occurred at the theatre,” says program coordinator Tara-Leigh Heslip. “Footsteps, laughter, cups being restacked, flashlights going off for no reason, to apparitions being seen by a band member that uses the theatre space as a rehearsal space.”
In addition to the bands, organizers also brought in a psychic medium, who did a reading on The Nite Hawk Theatre. Heslip says the findings will be shared at the benefit concert.
In addition to the heritage aspects, the building is also home to the memories of those in the community.
“The theatre certainly has a special spot for those who grew up here,” says Heslip. “For some it was a place of many firsts. First kiss, first time getting kicked out of a public place, first social venue you got to go to without your parents.”