The Society, constituted under the BC Society Act, was founded in 1977 for the purpose of operation the two theatres. The society's board is composed of six to eight CRD Board appointed members, which must include three municipal councillors and five to seven elected directors appointed by the society's board.

Funding for the Royal Theatre comes from levies from the local service areas of Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich in the form of property value tax, and fees and charges.

Only the City of Victoria paricipates in the McPherson Playhouse service. Funding comes from a property value tax and fees and charges.


The CRD contracts with the Royal and McPherson Theatre Society to administer the theatres on the Board's behalf. The CRD appoints between 6 and 8 directors to the Society's Board.