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A History of The Burton Cummings Theatre

The man who Brought Entertainment to Winnipeg
Long before the Burton Cummings Theatre was named for the lead singer of The Guess Who, it was called The Walker Theatre, named for Corliss Powers Walker. (1853-1942)

C.P. Walker was born in Vermont. His family moved from Minnesota when he was young. As an adult, he ran a printing business in North Dakota with his brother, and was the business’s manager.

In the 1890s, Walker became interested in an industry a world away from printing: theatre management.
He became the manager of the Fargo Opera House, and acquired other theatres in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The first Canadian theatre he purchased was the Bijou Theatre in Winnipeg. It stood at the corner of Adelaide and Notre Dame. He renamed it the Winnipeg Theatre, and he moved to Winnipeg to manage it himself in 1897.

The Winnipeg Theatre became the flagship theatre for Walker’s network of theatres called the Red River Valley circuit of theatres.
He booked live theatre acts from New Y…