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Highland Arts Theatre

Record #: CBM0277
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019
Last Full Update: 04 Jun 2017


Public Bulletin

Prepare to witness an amazing rebirth of musical and dramatic productions- the kind that made Cape Breton talent recognized and applauded nationwide.


Located In Sydney
Where To Find Us
40 Bentinck St
Sydney, NS B1P 1G2
Areas Served Sydney


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Phone (902) 565-3637
Volunteer Opportunity The HAT would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved in the emerging downtown theatre community!

Description & Services


Highland Arts Theatre, or "The HAT" as it's affectionately called, is the name of a performance venue in downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia, formerly the home of St. Andrew's Church. When the church was decommissioned in 2013, local musician and businessman Kevin Colford stepped up to transform the beloved historical building into a state of the art centre for arts and culture. The venue officially re-opened in June 2014 with an original musical comedy: "The Wakowski Brothers".

While the venue is available for rent and has hosted many of Cape Breton's finest in the fields of music and dance, it is our mandate to create a reliable, professional theatrical presence in downtown Sydney, producing quality productions with a special emphasis on Cape Breton songs and stories.

In June 2016, the HAT became a Professional Member of Theatre Nova Scotia.

Looking to rent?

Let downtown Sydney's newest performance venue be the home of your next event! This beautiful 100 year old historic building has been renovated with state of the art lighting, sound, and theatre seating with a capacity of 350 seats. Phone (902) 565-3637 for more information !