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Cinema & Theatre




In the year 2003 the historic Centre Theatre was purchased by Joe and Carm Donato. In the next year the entire theatre was renovated and renewed with a new vigor and imbued with a love of cinema.

With many structural and cosmetic renovations the Centre Theatre is a grand old lady that has been resurrected and restored to her former glory. In 2009, the Centre Theatre became the FIRST independent theatre in Canada to go completely digital.

With the purchase of three new, state of the art, digital projectors the Centre Theatre became a leading source of movie entertainment in the Quinte area. With the addition of new silver screens which provide high quality and crisp video the Centre Theatre was able to further expand to offering the latest in 3-D entertainment. With quality picture comes quality sound and all three cinemas have been upgraded to include new DTS surround sound systems. Even with all those upgrades and improvements the Centre Theatre maintains its commitment to the community of Quinte West with the same affordable prices to enjoy a night out at the movies. The tradition of the Centre Theatre will continue for years to come and even after all these upgrades one thing continues to remain true: we continue to have the best popcorn around!

That is the present history,and here is some of the past. The Centre Theatre was built nearly 100 years ago in the early beginnings of the city of Trenton and has grown with the community ever since!

Originally it provided entertainment to the people of Trenton not with movies but as a local playhouse. Actors and actresses delivered performances of many different plays in the same screening rooms that we use today to deliver the latest Hollywood blockbusters!

Years later as movie houses became more common the theatre was named the "Odeon" and featured a single screening room for the public to watch some of the earliest classics to come from Tinseltown.

In 1978 the Odeon was renamed the Centre Theatre and in 1979 it was renovated to provide three separate screening rooms instead of just the one.

Click here to view the Centre Theatre website.


Quinte Canadian Film Fest

Quinte Canadian FilmFest exists to celebrate Quinte West's heritage as a leading film centre from 1917 to 1934, and to promote our local artists, connecting them with a local audience and supporting them in their work while reigniting a vital film culture in the City of Quinte West.

The inaugural 2017 QCFF showcased the best in Local and Canadian films over a three-day period, promoting and exhibiting our local filmmakers and their work as well as providing opportunities for the general public and filmmakers to connect at the festival.

The festival was held from September 29 to October 1 in 2017.

The festival featured film screenings in several venues in Quinte West (including the Trenton Town Hall -1861, the Fiesta Lounge, and Centre Theatre) accompanied by an opening reception, red carpet interviews with filmmakers and dignitaries, a filmmakers' reception, and Q&A sessions following screenings.

Click here to view the Quinte Canadian Film Fest website.


Hollywoood North Film Festival



The Hollywood North Film Festival (HNFF) is a community driven organization focused on bringing quality films, workshops & networking events to the Bay of Quinte Region. Via the annual festival, we hope to re-establish what was once in the 1920's, a vibrant and flourishing filmmaking area. Today, we once again have a growing artistic community that we believe can be brought together through the presence of film. 

 Click here to view the Hollywood North Film Festival website.