Originally a movie theatre built in1934, the Sunset Theatre has been a gambling house, town hall, and even a temporary morgue. Purchased in1999, the Sunset has been lovingly restored beyond its former glory to bring live professional theatre to the Cariboo - but it can still play movies!

2357 pooley street • wells, bc • sunset-theatre.com
sunsettheatre@gmail.com • 250-994-3400

The Creative Team

Bringing new work, established touring artists, and full home-spun productions to the Sunset stage

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Karen Jeffery

Artistic Director

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Julia Mackey

Director of Presentations

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Dirk Van Stralen

Director of Productions

 The Sunset Theatre Society Board

Holly Jones
Board Chair

Michelle Leiffertz
Board Member

Dorothea Funk

Doug McKeag
Founding Chair & Board Member

Brendan Bailey
Board Member

Natasha McEwan

Chris Cooley
Board Member

Sunset Theatre

2345 Pooley Street
Wells, BC V0K 2R0



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Rentals, Retreats and Residencies

Wells boasts a vibrant artistic community that can be drawn upon for support and camaraderie. With limited access to urban centres yet rich with nature and creative spirit, Wells is the perfect place to present and develop creative works. There are a variety of packages available, from renting just the theatre to renting just an apartment for a creative getaway or the combination of both. Right next door to the Good Eats building, the Sunset Theatre is capable of supporting a wide variety of staging/production requirements and an in-house technician will be on hand when required to help make your project come to life. 



Theatre Rentals are available year round and come with a varying degree of services depending on your needs. The theatre is fully equipped. Please see Tech Specs for more information.



Retreats can come with the use of the theatre or not. The length of stay can vary from a few days to as long as possible. Accommodations are located in the Good Eats, which is the blue building next to the theatre. It has a large one bedroom apartment, a large bachelor and a small bachelor with a shared bathroom. All units are self-contained.



Artist residencies are open to all artists and all disciplines and are based on availability. Submissions are taken on an on-going basis and available year-round.

Our History

Pooley Street, Wells, BC, 1930s

Pooley Street, Wells, BC, 1930s


way back when

Built in 1934, the Sunset was a movie house built to entertain mine workers during the great gold boom in Wells, which, at its peak, boasted a population of 5,000. It was actually one of two movie theatres in Wells; the other, the Lode, burnt down in the 1980s.

The Sunset has played countless classic movies, and even served as a temporary morgue after a mining accident in the 1950s. The building has been restored and transformed into a live playing space. The doors re-opened in 2006 to host theatrical events and live concerts. The silver screen is still there, and the theatre still screens movies on the silver screen.