Inductee Biography for CELEBRITY THEATRE

The Celebrity Theatre opened in 1964 as the “Star Theatre” with “The Sound of Music” then a string of musicals which wound down by 1966. Then Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dinah Shore, Liberace and Wayne Newton were filling the seats. Robert Goulet, Sammy Davis and Rowan and Martin were a few of the high profile acts which followed.

Early 70s acts included Linda Ronstadt, Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison and Miles Davis. Bruce Springsteen loved the enthusiastic audiences there early in his career. Since then just the list of performers reads like a who’s who of rock and roll.

It was built as theatre in the round and has a rare rotating stage which creates an intimate concert experience for both the performer and the audience. Often performers were skeptical about the moving stage. Jerry Riopelle who says he has played there around 30 times told them he didn’t want the stage turning. He later said, “Once you got on it and it started moving, it was pretty cool.”
The owners proudly say “the theater has a soul”.  “

Celebrity Theatre website