Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre seating

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest proscenium theatres with 2,765 seats. Refurbished in 2009, the theatre hosts opera, Broadway, music, presentations, and a broad spectrum of entertainment shows.

Elevator maintenance


The elevator at Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be undergoing maintenance beginning Tuesday, July 25 for approximately 8 weeks. The mezzanine and balcony levels will not be accessible to patrons in wheelchairs at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Upcoming events

Zumba on the Plaza

Mon, Jul 24, 5:30pm–6:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Free Lunchtime Yoga

Tue, Jul 25, 12:00pm–1:00pm
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Unceded Traditions. Unceded Territories.

Wed, Jul 26, 6:00pm–10:00pm
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Downtown Farmers Market

Thu, Jul 27, 11:00am–3:00pm
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Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Thu, Jul 27, 6:00pm–8:45pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Unceded Traditions. Unceded Territories.

Fri, Jul 28, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Fri, Jul 28, 6:00pm–8:45pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Sat, Jul 29, 6:00pm–8:45pm
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Free Lunchtime Yoga

Tue, Aug 1, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Downtown Farmers Market

Thu, Aug 3, 11:00am–3:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

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Seating plan

The orchestra and mezzanine has 1,757 standard seats and 16 wheelchair spaces.

The balcony has 1,008 standard seats.


  • Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra and mezzanine levels. The wheelchair seats are marked on the map (see above):
    • orchestra: row 25, seats 31 through 40 and seats 60 through 69.
    • mezzanine: row 34, seats 15 through 20 and seats 41 through 46.
    • Please note, some ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, will call these rows ‘WC’ instead of listing the row number. E.g. mezzanine left WC seat 15.
  • Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.
  • Elevator access is available from the main lobby to the mezzanine level and the balcony.
  • Hearing-assist units and binoculars are available at the main lobby coat check.
  • Accessible parking is available with an accessible parking decal (see below).
  • There is a driveway for taxis and for pick up and drop off of handicapped patrons.


Parking is available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade, beneath the theatre itself. The entrance is off of Cambie Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets. Parking is limited, so arrive early.

Parking rates



Each 30 minutes  $2.00
Day – 6:00am to 6:00pm $11.00
Day – theatre matinee, until 6:00pm $9.00
Evening – theatre event, 4:00pm to midnight $12.50
Evening – stadium event, 4:00pm to midnight $17.00
Monthly – weekday, 6:00am to 6:00pm $127.05

More parking within three blocks of the theatre

Larwill Park: Parking lot across the street from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Street; entrance off Cambie Street

Vancouver Public Library: Underground lot between West Georgia and Robson Street; entrance off Hamilton Street

Accessible parking

Accessible parking is available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number available to reserve for performances. To reserve an accessible parking space, phone 604-665-2193 at least one week before the performance.

Public transit

Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station: on Dunsmuir Street one block east of the theatre

Vancouver City Centre Canada Line station: on West Georgia Street five blocks west of the theatre

Box office

The box office typically opens two hours before performances for patrons to pick-up or purchase tickets to that evening's event only. The box office is operated by the ticket seller for the host event and is not open between performances.

Before the show

The lobby is open one hour before performances. Come early and enjoy the visit the visual art gallery on the upper levels of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby. We offer a selection of tempting snacks, local craft beers, and hand-picked BC wines. Beat the line-up by pre-ordering your intermission drinks!

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and debit cards. Cash only at the coat check.


Vancouver Civic Theatres requires that all audience members, including children, must have a ticket. There are no exemptions to this policy regardless of the child's age.


If you are late to a performance, please be aware that you may not be seated until intermission. Video monitors are available in the theatre lobby to follow the action on stage.

To honour the performance's integrity, the show's producer will determine 24 hours in advance when latecomers may be seated. In some cases, latecomers may be seated in the Balcony. Patrons may move to their purchased seats at the first intermission. In other cases, latecomers may be seated at an appropriate break in the performance.

Cameras and recording devices

Taking photographs and recording performances in theatres is not allowed unless authorized by the promoter or producer. Cameras and recording devices may be confiscated by theatre staff for the duration of the show.

Lost and found

To enquire about items, phone 604-665-2193.

Art gallery

Curated by Emily Carr University, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Art Gallery features work by new or emerging artists. Exhibits change bimonthly.

Resident companies

Ballet British Columbia

Founded in 1986, Ballet British Columbia is an acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company presenting a diverse reportoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet. Known for its contemporary ballet repertoire, Ballet British Columbia is a primary performer within Vancouver's dance community.

Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera is Canada's second largest opera company. It is regarded worldwide for its acclaimed mainstage productions; for its leading educational programs; for its innovative community programs and for its ground-breaking cross-cultural creative partnerships. Founded in 1958, Vancouver Opera moved to the centre of the city's cultural life and continues to expand its role as a major creative, education and collaborative resource in the community.


Broadway Across Canada

Broadway Across Canada presents a series of touring Broadway productions including such hits as Wicked, Billy Elliott, and Les Misérables.

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market has quickly established its home at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza creating a unique focal-point for seasonal shopping and entertainment.

Community events

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre annually hosts graduation ceremonies for regional high-schools and private educational institutions. Community events and cultural shows including presentations from Korea, China, Indonesia, and India are featured at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre regularly.

Touring productions

Rock shows, comedians, ballet companies, and other touring productions regularly appear on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage.

History of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre opened on July 5, 1959, with a concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Later that month, Queen Elizabeth II attended a concert at the theatre and officially gave it her name.

The impact of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the local live entertainment scene was profound. By 1962, major users of the QET included the Vancouver Opera Association, the Vancouver International Festival, the Vancouver Symphony Society, World Adventure Tours, and Famous Artists Limited.

Vancouver's proximity to Seattle helped American promoters extend their western tours of Broadway shows by booking at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.


In the 1960s, serious efforts were made to correct some of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre's flaws. Studies were done to improve the acoustics and the air conditioning, and a new shell was built for the Symphony.

The City decided to move ahead with major renovations when Vancouver was named as the host of Expo 86. The work included altering some existing spaces, and creating new ones to modernize the technical facilities and public areas.

In 1985 and 1986, alterations changed the look of the lobby. The original clean, understated design was replaced with shimmering reflective surfaces, broader columns, and more textured finishes. The theatre lobby was further altered by the construction of the new control room and by banners installed to camouflage the beams beneath the mezzanine.

A number of improvements were made to the theatre's public amenities in 1991 and 1992. Washrooms were expanded, a new concession bar was built in the lobby, and the theatre restaurant was renovated.

A long range capital plan for the three civic theatres was authorized by Council in July 1994, and a strategic plan was prepared by the architects. In the work done in 1996, two elevators were added to the west lobby of the QET, and the entry off of Hamilton Street was redesigned. In 1999, the QET added the salons, which can be rented for conferences and other functions.

In November 2009, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre unveiled a new look following a four-phase renovation which totally changed the auditorium and lobby spaces. Opening the lobby spaces created the new Queen Elizabeth Theatre Art Gallery. New theatre seating and acoustically improved panels in the auditorium provide a more vibrant, theatrical venue for all.

Contact Queen Elizabeth Theatre

650 Hamilton Street
Vancouver BC, V6B 5N6


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