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City offers affordable rates for non-profits at civic theatres

April 29 2015

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Not-for-profit organizations will now be able to book rental spaces at Vancouver’s world-class City-owned venues including Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, and the Orpheum at significantly reduced rates, thanks to a new rate category approved today by Council.

Savings for non-profit operators range from 20 – 30 per cent depending on the selected rental space and type of event.

The reduced rates are being offered to increase access to the civic theatre community for not-for-profits, including community based cultural and multi-cultural organizations.

Vancouver’s civic theatres and performance spaces are home to a variety of major arts and entertainment productions, including concerts, theatre, opera, classical music, Broadway shows, and lectures.

Reduced rates details

The reduced rates for not-for-profits are part of a rental rate schedule approved by Vancouver City Council effective September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016.

Rental rates are reviewed each year and adjustments are made in alignment with the traditional performing arts season. 

Not-for-profit organizations will be able to book spaces for a flat rental rate plus labour costs at the following theatre spaces.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Orpheum

Rental type  Registered non-profit rate (labour extra) 
1 performance  $3,500 
2 performances in the same time period  $5,250 
Conferences and trade shows  $3,500 

Vancouver Playhouse

Rental type Registered non-profit rate (labour extra)
1 performance $1,000
2 performances in the same time period $1,500
Conferences and trade shows $1,000 

The Annex

Rental type Registered non-profit rate (labour extra)
1 performance $350
2 performances in the same time period $525

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Rental type Registered non-profit rate (labour extra)
Daily rental deposit (8:00am – 8:00am)  $1,500
Weekly rental deposit (Monday – Sunday)  $7,500

Ancillary spaces

Rental type (all available half day, 8:00am – 5:00pm)  Registered non-profit rate (labour extra) 
Queen Elizabeth salons  $175
Theatre lobbies at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Orpheum, and Playhouse  $350
Rehearsal halls at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Orpheum $100
Playhouse studio   $100 

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