The Salmar is truly one of the most unique movie entertainment organizations you’ll find. In fact, we are one of the very first non-profit groups in North America to operate a first-run multiplex!
The Association was formed in 1946 for the purpose of constructing an arena as a memorial to local veterans of World War II. It was decided to build a movie theatre to raise the necessary funds and the brand new Salmar Theatre (now the Salmar Classic) opened for business in May of 1949. Monies from theatre operations were used to construct the Salmon Arm Memorial Arena which opened in 1958. The Association continued to provide financial support to the Arena until 1972 when operations were assumed by District of Salmon Arm.
The Salmar Classic continued to operate as our only local cinema until 1997 when the Association built The Salmar Grand Cinemas, a great four-plex which today brings you the best in first-run Hollywood movies. Since that date, the Salmar Classic has been home to an outstanding variety of entertainment, including new and off-release movies, concerts, and Film Society offerings from around the world to name a few. Using our state-of-the-art DVD projector, we also bring you classics from yesteryear, and live broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera in New York. With what amounts to a 25-foot-wide BIG screen TV, the possibilities are endless!
Since inception, the Association has put 100% of our profits back into theatre improvements and into the community.
We built the new Legion building across from the Grand, and we’ve given out hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to local organizations and residents supporting healthcare, education, sports, and the arts. We’ve helped build playgrounds, fountains, trails, as well as better futures for local graduates through our scholarship program.
Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about the Salmar Community Association and why we’re here. Come see a movie, and as always, enjoy the show!
You too can help us make a difference. Invest in a lifetime membership for only $25, vote at our AGM each year, and perhaps even become a director!
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