Five Points Theatre is the new name for Barrie’s centre for the performing arts.

After a brief name the theatre contest, Five Points received the most votes from among four other proposed names. In total, 2,400 votes were cast with Five Points earning the nod on about 600 of the ballots. The name reflects the five point intersection outside the doors of the centre in downtown Barrie.

The contest came about after Pratt Homes was named the chief sponsor for the facility by paying $300,000 for the 15-year naming rights. However, rather than name the facility after itself, the company decided to turn that right over to the residents of Barrie. During the name unveiling, Karen Pratt-Hansen, of Pratt Homes, said it was important to include the community in the process and that the theatre needed a name that will stand the test of time.

Formerly known as the Mady Centre, the naming rights were relinquished in 2016 until Pratt Homes became involved. A company with deep roots in Barrie, Pratt Homes also has a long history of supporting the arts.

Opened in 2011, The Five Points Theatre has a capacity of 200 patrons with flexible stage and seating areas which can be quickly converted to accommodate conferences as well as artistic performances.