Royal George Theatre opened as a vaudeville house during World War I before becoming a cinema in the 1950s. It now has live performances for up to 313 people within its Edwardian-decorated interior. Two other stages in Old Town are the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre (200 seats) and the Festival Theatre (capacity for 856). All three venues host the Shaw Festival. The season runs from April through October. Most plays were either written by George Bernard Shaw or are similar to the Irish playwright’s style. Approximately 250,000 people attend these productions each year. They are performed by North America’s second largest repertory theatre company.