Vancouver theatres come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the best have one thing in common: they keep the people entertained. Whether it is at an expansive Cineplex like the Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver or a classic like the Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, there is likely a performance or production happening to suit just about anyone, every night. Vancouver is a city that is teeming with opportunities for entertainment and nightlife, and the arts and the theatre circuit serves up a range of shows, from rock and pop concerts to classical productions. Long-respected venues like the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, the Orpheum, and the Vancouver Playhouse add to the already alluring arts and entertainment scene in the city. If you are currently planning a trip to Vancouver, you should check the events schedules at these theatres to find out if anything is playing that appeals to you.
The Orpheum Theatre Vancouver is a spectacular theatre that was constructed in 1927. It is the jewel of all Vancouver theatres and has been designated a National Heritage Site in Canada. It is the permanent residence of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. It seats just under 2,700 people. The Orpheum Theatre Vancouver is located at just off of Granville Street at Smithe and Seymour.
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver is another of the city’s finest venues. It is a modern and expertly designed facility that was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II herself in 1959. It is quite a contrast from the classical and much older concert hall at the Orpheum. The Queen Elizabeth seats over 2,500 people and has seen some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world grace its stage. Throughout the years, the theatre has not only played host to major productions of Broadway shows, including Les Miserables, but it has also attracted international rock and pop acts such as Melissa Etheridge, Santana, and many more. The theatre is home to the Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia.
The Vancouver Playhouse is a more intimate venue than the Queen Elizabeth and the Orpheum, seating around 700. It is home to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, the Vancouver Recital Society, and the Friends of Chamber Music. You can see great chamber recitals and live theatre performances here.
The Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver is located at 900 Burrard Street in the heart of the Downtown core. It is quite simply a large cinema that has 3D screens as well as regular screens. Underground parking is available at the Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver. This is a great place for families to escape with the kids as it is easily accessible with many of the downtown hotels and other accommodations. When you just need to break away from shopping and exploring the town, and give the kids a break, treat them to a movie at this fun Cineplex.
Vancouver is notable as an important city for art and entertainment on the west coast. It is important in the film industry and its presence in the classical arts is evidenced in its beautiful theatres and track record of major productions. Vancouver theatres are an important part of the overall cultural scene in the city.
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