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.
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.
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.
Located on the scenic Granville Island and in the Vancouver TheatreSports League, the Improv Centre is the place to go to for some comic relief. You can enjoy the comical theatrics or musicals of new and well known actors from Wednesday to Saturday. Their witty liners and talent will want you to come back for more. The shows are always creative and full of punch and changes throughout the year giving you a variety to choose from.
Malkin Bowl is a fantastic place to enjoy theater. Not only can you watch a brilliant show, you can do it beneath the sun and stars. This outdoor venue has played host to a number of music and theater events. Music concerts often find the Bowl a perfect location to draw in the crowds. The 1996 Pearl Jam concert was one of the biggest and most memorable event held here, and even inspired the place's nickname, Merkin Ball after their record. The Malkin Bowl is also home to the non-profit production company TUTS or Theatre Under The Stars.
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.
Fox Cabaret is an upscale live music venue located in Vancouver. Inaugurated in 2013, the venue has a dance floor and plays some great music. The venue is available for private events as well. They are a popular venue for festivals and has played host to some popular names like Fast Times and Barbara Adler.