Vancouver Playhouse

Vancouver Playhouse interior seating

600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Playhouse, at 668 seats, is the city’s prime venue for dance, chamber music, film events, and theatrical productions. The Playhouse is the only proscenium theatre of its size in Vancouver. An intimate performance venue, the Vancouver Playhouse is located in downtown Vancouver at 600 Hamilton Street.

Theatre location

600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC

Corner of Hamilton Street and Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver


  • 668 standard seats
  • 5 wheelchair spaces 

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  • Wheelchair seating on orchestra level
  • Elevator access between the main lobby and balcony
  • Hearing assist units and binoculars at the main lobby coat check
  • Accessible parking available with an accessible parking decal (see below)


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



Day – Weekday, 6:00am to 6:00pm $10.50
Day – Saturday matinee $7.00
Evening – theatre event, 6:00pm to midnight $10.00
Evening – other event, 6:00pm to midnight  $20.00
Hourly – 6:00am to 6:00pm  $4.25
Monthly  $179.25

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. To reserve accessible parking, call 604-665-2193 during the week, at least 24 hours before your event. Have your decal number and ticket information ready when you make your call. An elevator operates from both floors of the parkade to the Plaza Level on Hamilton Street.

Public transit

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

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


Vancouver Civic Theatres requires that all audience members have a ticket, including children. 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.

Performance protocol

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

  • Call 604-665-2193

For additional patron information, call 604-665-3050.

The Vancouver Playhouse is home to a number of Vancouver’s non-profit arts organizations who present performances regularly at the theatre.

Resident companies


DanceHouse presents a program of globally celebrated contemporary dance companies and artists every performance season.

Friends of Chamber Music

Formed in 1948 to promote chamber music, the Friends of Chamber Music is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Vancouver. Friends of Chamber Music presents internationally recognized string quartets and chamber orchestras each season.

Vancouver Recital Society

Known to present emerging young artists, the Vancouver Recital Society presents award-winning artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang during a performance season from September through May. 


Dancing on the Edge

The Dancing on the Edge Festival annually presents on average thirty performances in mixed programs and full length works from over twenty different dance companies and choreographers from across Canada.

Flamenco Rosario

Flamenco Rosario presents the Cuadro Flamenco series featuring traditional dance styles, and the Flamenco Festival showcasing local, national, and international guest artists.

Public Salons

The Global Civic Policy Society presents Sam Sullivan’s Public Salons: bringing together civic leaders to share inspiring ideas around urban issues.

Located in downtown Vancouver at 600 Hamilton Street, The Vancouver Playhouse is the city’s prime venue for dance, chamber music, film events and theatrical productions.

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  • 668 standard seats
  • 5 wheelchair spaces

Rental fees

Rates effective September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015

All listed rates and fees are subject to taxes applicable to venue rentals.

Fee type Evening fee
(6pm - 12midnight)
Afternoon fee
(12noon - 5pm)
Morning fee
(8am - 12noon)

1 performance




2 performances
in the same time period 




Meetings and




Fee type  Fee

Rental deposit

$840 per performance or set-up day

Technical day /
film shoot

$1,670 per day (8:00am - 12:00 midnight)

Additional stage use

$325 per hour

Additional lobby use  $110 per hour 


First display free, subject to conditions

$57 per display area, per performance (sponsor)

$113 per display area, per performance (non sponsor / sales)


Commission payable: 15 - 20% depending on product

Display and merchandise policy  (108 KB)


  1. Daily maximum $3,335 (staff extra)


Theatre spaces make unique reception venues, however, receptions within theatre spaces have limitations. Any stand-alone receptions in these spaces may be pre-empted by a performance up to one month prior to reception date, unless full performance rental is paid. There is no additional rental charge to the Licensee unless outside the five-hour event time allowance.


To rent the Vancouver Playhouse, contact our booking manager.

Peter Kendall

History of the Vancouver Playhouse

Originally called the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, the Vancouver Playhouse was built in 1960 and completed in June 1961 with official opening ceremonies in February 1962.

The Vancouver Playhouse was home to The Playhouse Theatre Company from 1962 until 2012. The Playhouse Theatre Company was Vancouver’s premier regional non-profit theatre company which presented classic and contemporary theatrical productions every season. 

Since its opening, the Vancouver Playhouse has hosted a number of Vancouver-based organizations on a regular basis, including the Friends of Chamber Music, Vancouver Women’s Music Club, Women’s Canadian Club, and the Festival Concert Society.

Architecture and design

The architecture of the Playhouse is similar to that of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET). The aluminum curtain wall, buff brick side wall, interior finishes, signage, and details compliment QET's style.

Alterations of the QET and Playhouse in 1985 and 1986 changed the original character of the two lobbies.

The original clean, understated design was replaced by reflective surfaces, broader columns and more textured finish.

The most recently completed renovations restored the feel of the original 1962 lobby with contemporary colours and patterns.

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Performance protocol

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.

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