Since 1973 the Cultch has been providing Vancouver with quality contemporary productions in the arts. The theater was actually originally a Methodist church, long since converted into the venue that it is known and loved. The Cultch also provides art programs for youth and hosts an annual youth arts festival. See website for more details.
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.
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.
Make the short trip out to the University of British Columbia campus for a musical experience you won't soon forget. The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts was built in 1997 and has since then been lauded by patrons and critics for its spectacular acoustic and architectural design. Recitals, concerts and symphony orchestra performances make up this venue's roster, taking place within the center's several venues, including the Chan Shun Concert Hall, Telus Studio Theatre, and Royal Bank Cinema. The uncommon interior design only adds to this internationally acclaimed experience. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Fondly known as the golf ball because of the glittery geodesic dome that sits atop it, this science center is a former Expo '86 pavilion. Today, it is a top family destination, offering educational, entertaining and interactive exhibits. Three main galleries explore the areas of biology, physics and music. A 3D laser show presents fun images. The biggest attraction is the OMNIMAX Theatre, which features science and nature films on one of the world's largest dome screens.
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.
For an evening of laughter and merriment, visit Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, nestled in Downtown Vancouver. This, chain of comedy clubs created in 1977 by Mark Breslin, a stand-up comedian, is one of Canada's prime places for a laughter riot. A line up of events by popular names like Sean Cullen, Nikki Payne and various artistes from New York, leaves the audience in splits of laughter. Yuk Yuk's is one of the best places to drop by when you are gloomy. After a show take home a memorabilia from Yuk Yuk's; you can choose from sweatshirts, tank tops, bags, hats and more. Visit the store and check out their collection.
The Beaumont Studios is a boon to upcoming creative talents. It offers studio space for rent to a host of artistes from the fields of visual art, photography, fine arts, fashion among other things. So you will always find some exhibition or the other lining up the walls of the space. The venue is often used to put up theatrical shows, musical performances and other cultural events. Check website for more details.
The Anza Club is a down-to-earth club that is favored by locals for the sheer range of musical extravaganzas it features the year round. You can attend any of the vibrant gigs or partake in any of the numerous themed events where you can groove to rock, funk or acid notes (Psych nights) and let your hair down during the DJ events. Bluegrass lovers will love the array of concerts, sessions, workshops and other gatherings organized to popularize this rare genre. A Celluloid Social Club encourages filmmakers to screen their films here, enabling them to reach out to a larger audience, thereby increasing their scope. Anza also organizes a huge number of outdoor activities. Check website for more details.
Feel like watching a thoughtful, non-Hollywood film to spark your imagination and entertain? The Park Theatre cinema usually fits the bill. A neighborhood landmark since the 1920s, this 504-love seat Art Deco-style theater has only one screen, but its owners carefully choose what graces it. Whether it's a Mike Leigh masterpiece or Paul Thomas Anderson's current cinematic genius, it will probably show here. Check website for details.
Created in 1973, the Western Front Society sought to bring together contemporary art forms. Here, artists can explore and exhibit their takes on classic art forms. Providing facilities for exhibitions, seminars and even performing art shows. The center includes the Grand Luxe Hall, which is a 120 seater concert hall that forms a perfect venue for concerts, movie screenings and other such events. For more on the facilities and venues available, do call ahead or visit their website.
Vivo Media Arts Centre is an event space of VIVO, a non profit organization of the creative minds of the city, where they conduct events and festivals on a regular basis. The organization rents out the space for private hire as well. This space is primarily used for exhibitions and other art related activities like workshops and training sessions. The organizations rents out the space for post production work for films and festivals as well. Check website for details.