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Best Performing Arts in Vancouver

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Performance Works

The Granville Island Cultural Society promotes performing arts and provides a platform to nouveau and gifted artists and as a part of this mission it patronizes diverse art-forms and theaters. Performance Works is one of the theaters managed by the society that hosts amazing shows and events. Formerly an old machine shop, it was converted and remodeled to serve as a rehearsal and performing space. The place is always buzzing with activities and the calendar of Performance Works has an interesting line-up of plays and other events. To check availability of tickets and other information, please call ahead or check website.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Pacific Theatre

For 29 seasons Pacific Theatre has regaled audiences with their 117 productions featuring established as well as original acts. Some of their shows have featured well known local theater artists and international ones too. Promoting theater that explores the spiritual side, their shows have always had powerful, thought provoking performances, spectacular designs and interesting stories. Nestled in the notable Chalmer's Heritage Building, this 128 seat theater is perhaps one of Vancouver's only theater companies which produces an entire season in its own stage.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Initially opened in 1931 as a vaudeville and movie house, this Art Deco establishment is now under the management of the Arts Club Theatre. It is another testament to Vancouver's current cultural rejuvenation. The historic landmark seats 650 and is currently home to musicals, theater productions and comedies. The venue now has full bar service and is within walking distance to pre-theater and post-theater dining. There is ample parking in the surrounding residential streets. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Waterfront Theatre

The Waterfront Theater has been entertaining the Granville Island Community since 1979. The 224 seat theater is a favorite venue for hosting various kinds of exhibitions and art shows. The Arts Umbrella, holds its annual exhibition at this venue. The theater has convenient seating arrangement, so that the performers are close to the audience, which adds to the overall experience. Check website or call for details regarding upcoming events.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Rogers Arena

Locally also known as "The Cable Box" and "The Phone Booth", Rogers Arena is downtown's modern entertainment complex. The arena boasts the latest technology and great lines of sight from all seats. It is also home to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. There are family restaurants, cappuccino bars, Mexican burrito stands, pizza parlors, popcorn and pop kiosks and a beer garden. For fine dining, there's the Club Lounge, the five-star BC Club and the Spirit Club Tap and Grill. It is also a premium venue for sports and entertainment in Vancouver.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Granville Island Stage

Situated in the small Granville Island, the Granville Island Stage is a theater owned by the Arts Club Theatre Company. A large theater, it has been operational since a long time. Several well known plays and artists have performed here. Theater lovers will enjoy the vast array of entertainment held at this venue. The comfortable seats, excellent facilities draw crowds to this magnificent place. The theater is also rented for various events. Come by and catch a stellar performance by famous theater personalities here.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Scotiabank Dance Centre

In Downtown Vancouver, Scotiabank Dance Centre is a spacious venue with 6 studios: five of which are naturally lit, and mirror-walled, and one is a black box studio. Workshops, classes, rehearsals, performances, shoots etc. can be held here. Besides changing rooms and showers at the venue, the center offers laundry and kitchen facilities as well. It's an effort to promote artists and their innovations in the art of dance and introduce patrons to the ever changing world of art. Check website for more details.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts

The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts is a popular venue for hosting entertainment events in downtown Vancouver. The theater measures 81,000 square feet (7525 square meters) and the auditorium accommodates around 1,836 visitors. Come by to watch theatre performances, awards functions, film festivals, and live concerts. The building has been designed by architect Moshe Safdie and features a beautiful glass dome and eateries on all floors.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 and restored in 1976 to its former glory. Originally opened as a vaudeville house, it is now a beautiful, much-loved city landmark. Located in the entertainment district Downtown, it is the perfect venue for a glamorous night out on the town, offering a variety of concerts, musicals and ceremonies as well as being the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre is a grand venue built by the city in 1959. Today, the Vancouver Opera and provincial ballet have made the theater their home. Performances include opera, ballet, musicals, plays, concerts, telethons and ceremonies. Patrons complement the grand atmosphere with more formal dress, so remember to don your dapper best. An art gallery and restaurant are also on site. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Commodore Ballroom

After closing its doors in the mid-1990s amid protests from patrons and famous musicians, the recently refurbished and re-opened ballroom is making a bouncy comeback. Its dance floor lies atop tires that make everyone move. The 990-capacity venue, located in downtown, has a history of amazing performances ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Tina Turner to Nirvana and the Clash, along with modern artists like Stereolab and the Flaming Lips. Its location in the entertainment hub makes it a perfect place to see a show before going clubbing. Call ahead for current event details.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Firehall Arts Centre

Firehall Arts Centre is situated in a 1905 fire hall downtown, and consistently features fabulous dance and theater performances. It underwent an outer restoration and is lovingly maintained. Festivals of both theater and dance are held here annually. Its lounge has a happy hour every Friday; mingle with actors and other theater-types if the desire strikes you. The back courtyard is a lovely place to go with beer in hand and listen to the world go by.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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