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Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre

Firehall Arts Centre Theatre

Located in a 1906 heritage fire station in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, the Firehall Arts Centre hosts theatre, dance and other performing arts shows.


Due to the coronavirus, all productions have been suspended until further notice. As of mid-June, 2020, the facility remains closed and the remainder of the theatre’s 2019/2020 season has been cancelled.

As of the beginning of July, 2020, the Firehall Arts Centre announced that it would be hosting the Dancing on the Edge Festival. The festival ran from July 3rd until July 11th and included a mix of both online and in-person performances. Hopefully this is a sign that Vancouver’s theatre industry will be up and running again soon!

For more information on the postponements and current status of the venue see the Firehall Arts Centre website.

To see more events and attractions that have been affected click Vancouver COVID-19 Updates.

Firehall Arts Centre

The Firehall Arts Centre is a community arts facility that features a 136 to 174-seat studio theatre. The venue hosts dozens of eclectic performances each month as well as a range of visual arts exhibitions in its small gallery/lounge.

The heritage building itself is a restored turn-of-the-century fire station that was once the first motorized fire hall on the continent.

The tiny theatre is a bit rustic and simple, but also comfortable and charming in its own way. With only seven rows of seating, you are guaranteed a fabulous view of the stage!

Firehall Arts Centre

Where is the Firehall Arts Centre

The Firehall Arts Centre is located at 280 East Cordova Street which is just a couple of blocks north of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and next door to the Vancouver Police Museum. It’s also just a few steps away from Sunrise Market which, at 300 Powell Street, is one of Vancouver’s most affordable fruit stands.

Other Information

For more details about the facility and its shows, see the Firehall Arts Centre website.

For information on other theatre venues in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Theatres.

And for a list of upcoming shows in Metro Vancouver, see the Shows & Entertainment Calendar.