Although Darke Hall was gifted to Regina College with the intent that it would be controlled and primarily used by the College, it was F. N. Darke’s desire that the building also benefit the citizens of Regina more generally. As a result, Darke Hall has served as a place of great significance to the Regina performing arts community since its earliest beginnings. The building’s importance to the community was made especially clear in the early 1980s when a coalition of community groups formed to fight for the re-opening of Darke Hall after an unprecedented closure left its future uncertain. The community’s passion and support for this space extends to the present day.
Over the years, Darke Hall has been home to many public performing arts events and for certain periods, the official home of notable organizations like the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and the Regina Little Theatre (RLT). This section of the online exhibit celebrates the community’s varied, continued, and dedicated involvement with Darke Hall.