Massey Theatre was originally called the New Westminster Junior Secondary Auditorium. But in the mid-1950s it was renamed Vincent Massey Theatre after the man that inspired its construction. Construction was funded by all three levels of government to create a place where student, community based and professional performing artists could all work. Vincent Massey was, of course, the first Canadian Governor General of Canada as well as the author of the pivotal “Massey Report.” This 1950’s document set Canada’s arts and culture policy. The report also created the much-loved CBC and the Canada Council.
It was through Massey’s work that the arts in Canada began to flourish; theatre companies, opera and ballet companies, authors and visual artists were given the opportunity to create.