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At The Civic

Manchester by the Sea
Jan 24 @ 6:45 pm
Manchester by the Sea @ The Civic Theatre | Nelson | British Columbia | Canada

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Rated 14A, 137 mins

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, Manchester By The Sea, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

Nocturnal Animals
Jan 24 @ 9:30 pm
Nocturnal Animals @ The Civic Theatre | Nelson | British Columbia | Canada

Directed by Tom Ford
Rated 14A, 116 mins

Nocturnal Animals is a neo-noir story within a story about a wealthy art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale. This movie is absolutely one of the most interesting movies recently released. “Nocturnal Animals” is a work of exceptional, undeniable craft, but it’s also a movie that’s meant to stick to you a little bit. Indeed, so vehement is writer/director Tom Ford in articulating his vision at times that you think he’d be disappointed by a viewer that wasn’t at least a little bit angry with him over the movie.

Lions Club Variety Show
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm

Once again the Nelson Lions Club brings you and your family their anunal Variety Show.

The show continues to be suitable for children of all ages and will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at the Civic Theatre in Nelson starting at 6:30pm.

All proceeds will benefit The Lions Club various community projects such as youth sports, cultural & edcuational youth activities, local families in need, scholarships at L.V. Rogers High School, local food programs, Lions Point on the water front pathway, Special Olympics, Easter Seal’s House in Vancouver and more.

Tickets are $15 for a single or $50 for a family and are available at the door.

Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm
Loving @ The Civic Theatre | Nelson | British Columbia | Canada

Directed by Jeff Nichols
Rated PG, 123 mins

For our Thursday film, nominated for Best actor and actress Golden Globes for a drama, Jeff Nichols’ (Mud, Midnight Special) Loving (PG), tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. With a true story as sensitive as this, it was imperative that the filmmakers took care in choosing the right aspects to showcase, as well as do an impeccable job in casting. Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga) are a young couple deeply in love in the late 1950s.

Jan 27 @ 6:45 pm
Moonlight @ The Civic Theatre | Nelson | British Columbia | Canada

Directed by Barry Jenkins
Rated 14A, 111 mins

WINNER! Best Drama Feature at the Golden Globes! Barry Jenkins’s new film somehow manages to feel grand and intricate in the same moment, weaving random memories and crucial life experiences into a gripping tapestry. A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.



Our History

While The Civic Theatre has been in existence since the 1930s, it was in 2012 that NCTS was formed to reopen this venue after its closure in 2011. Since then, our story has been one of  hard work and great community successes.

Our Community


The Civic Theatre is more than just a movie theatre – we are a community activator with a goal to ensure access to film and offer educational opportunities to audiences of all ages.

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Photo Credit: Eye of Mind Photography

The Civic Theatre is run by the Nelson Civic Theatre Society, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to show films in Nelson and  nurture the local community through adjacent programming relevant to film and media creation and appreciation.

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