PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ONTARIO – Many of the world’s grand old theatres have stories of ghosts who roam their stages and dressing rooms. This Halloween, Picton, Ontario’s historic Regent Theatre is hunting for a ghost of its own – and it could be you.


Throughout October, the theatre is running a unique fundraising contest: for a $25 donation, you can enter your name in a draw to be held on Halloween night. The winner gets the official and eternal right to haunt the theatre as a ghost – after they die, of course.


Entries can be made online at


“Every self-respecting theatre should have a ghost,” said Regent Theatre Foundation chair Benjamin Thornton. “At least at Halloween.”

Indeed, Thornton says there have been some claims in the past that the Regent might be haunted. If so, he says he imagines there is room for another ghost – particularly if picking an official theatre ghost comes with the funds needed to preserve the 102-year-old not-for-profit theatre.


“The Regent is the entertainment heartbeat of Prince Edward County. It provides a wide range of live and film programming for visitors and residents, and hosts many community events. But it is an old heritage building and there’s always work that needs to be done,” he said. “We have a second century to think about.”


Thornton says he is comforted by the idea that someone who wants to support the Regent might eventually be watching over the theatre forevermore, and encourages donors to give what they can with an eye towards eternity.


“Remember the old saying about money,” he added. “You can’t take it with you.”



For more information, please contact:

Benjamin Thornton

Chair, Regent Theatre Foundation

224 Main Street

Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0

Tel: 613-846-0029


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