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As a cosmopolitan city with a wide range of live entertainment offerings, Vancouver is home to numerous performing arts organizations and theatre venues.

There are world-class performing arts festivals, an exceptional symphony, various operatic groups and dozens of theatre companies. There is certainly no shortage of live entertainment in the city and surrounding region.

As of October 25th, there are no more capacity limits for indoor venues in BC. This can always change, of course, depending on the state of the pandemic, but for the time being theatres can operate at full capacity. Masks are still required for everyone.

 

Theatre in Metro Vancouver

Below are lists of some of the region’s top performing arts-related venues, theatrical companies and theatre festivals.

For information about entertainment in general, click Vancouver Entertainment. For details about Vancouver theatres and theatrical companies, see below.

 

Vogue Theatre
The Vogue Theatre on Granville Street

 

Lower Mainland Theatres

The City of Vancouver has multiple theatres and most other municipalities in the region have at least one too. Below is a list of some of the main venues.

 

Vancouver Theatres

There are numerous theatre venues within the City of Vancouver representing a wide range of sizes and quality. Some of the main venues include the following (most of which are also available for private rental):

  • The Annex – a 193-seat city-operated theatre located at 823 Seymour Street.
  • Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts – a facility with seating for up to 1850 at 777 Homer Street.
  • Chan Centre – the performing arts centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The facilities include the 275-seat Telus Studio Theatre, 160-seat Royal Bank Cinema and 1,185-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall.
  • The Cultch – the Historic Theatre is a 200-seat venue at 1895 Venables Street at what was formerly called the Vancouver East Cultural Centre which also operates the York Theatre at the same location.
  • Firehall Arts Centre – a community arts centre that’s home to a 136 to 174-seat studio theatre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at 280 East Cordova Street.
  • Newmont Stage – a 250-seat Arts Club venue at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Granville Island Stage – a 450-seat theatre located at 1585 Johnston Street on Granville Island.

 

Havana Theatre Vancouver
Havana Theatre

 

  • Havana Theatre – a tiny and simple theatre with about 60 seats at the back of the Havana Restaurant at 1212 Commercial Drive. The restaurant is a great Cuban-themed place to eat and the theatre is a good place for small shows and private rentals.
  • The Improv Centre – a theatre venue at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island that’s home to the Vancouver TheatreSports League which features live improv nightly.
  • Norman Rothstein Theatre – a 318-seat theatre at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver at 950 West 41st Avenue. It’s also the main venue for the Chutzpah Festival each year in February and March.
  • The Orpheum – a National Heritage Site and arguably one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America. It’s located at 601 Smithe Street and has seating for 2,672.
  • Pacific Theatre – a small 134-seat theatre at 1440 West 12th Avenue.
  • Performance Works – a 200-seat theatre on Granville Island at 1218 Cartwright Street.

 

Performance Works Theatre at Night
Performance Works on Granville Island

 

 

Granville Island Waterfront Theatre
Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island

 

Other Metro Vancouver Theatre Venues

Theatres in other parts of the Lower Mainland include the following:

 

In Burnaby

 

In Coquitlam

  • Evergreen Cultural Centre – a community facility with an art gallery and 150 to 257-seat theatre located at 1205 Pinetree Way.

 

In Langley

  • Chief Seapass Theatre – a 310-seat theatre connected with the Langley Fine Arts School at 9096 Trattle Street.

 

In Maple Ridge

  • ACT Arts Centre – host to numerous events and home to a 486-seat proscenium-style theatre at 11944 Haney Place.

 

In New Westminster

  • Massey Theatre – a 1260-seat proscenium theatre located at 735 Eighth Avenue.

 

In North Vancouver

 

In Port Moody

  • Inlet Theatre – a 208-seat theatre located at 100 Newport Drive.

 

In Richmond

  • Gateway Theatre – a venue that features a 540-seat Main Stage and 100-seat Studio at 6500 Gilbert Road.
  • River Rock Casino Resort – a casino with a theatre that features comedy, touring bands and other shows at 8811 River Road.

 

In Surrey

 

In West Vancouver

  • Kay Meek Centre – a performing arts facility with a 488-seat theatre at 1700 Mathers Avenue. (It’s right beside West Vancouver Secondary School.)

 

In White Rock

 

Metro Vancouver Theatre Companies

Numerous theatre companies operate within Metro Vancouver including some with their own theatres listed above. Below are some of the region’s many theatre groups (and it’s not a complete list by any means!).

 

Bard on the Beach

 

City of Vancouver Theatre Groups

  • The Arts Club – a large theatre company with shows at the Stanley Industrial Stage on Granville Street, Granville Island Stage on Granville Island and the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Bard on the Beach – a Shakespearean theatre company that performs under a big top from mid-June until mid-September at Vanier Park.
  • Theatre Under the Stars – a theatre group that offers exceptional musicals outdoors at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl each summer.
  • Touchstone Theatre – a theatre group that produces about three shows each year.
  • United Players of Vancouver – a small community theatre group that operates out of the Jericho Arts Centre at 1675 Discovery Street.
  • Vancouver Opera – an operatic society that performs out of various venues.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – a group that performs improv theatre at The Improve Centre on Granville Island.

 

Other Theatre Groups

 

Vancouver Theatre Festivals

The Lower Mainland hosts a number of theatrical festivals each year including the following:

  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations in mid-January.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival that runs from mid-February to mid-March.
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival – a live theatre festival in mid-September.
  • Bard on the Beach – a Shakespearean theatre festival at Vanier Park that runs from early June until just after the middle of September.

 

Other Information

For a list of Lower Mainland festivals of all kinds see the Festivals & Events Calendar.

For a list of shows taking place presently see the Shows & Entertainment Calendar or click any of the above theatre company or venue websites.