Vancouver Playhouse

Vancouver Playhouse interior seating

The Vancouver Playhouse, at 668 seats, is the city’s prime venue for dance, chamber music, film events, and theatre.

An intimate performance venue, the Playhouse is the only proscenium theatre of its size in Vancouver.

Seating plan

There are 668 standard seats and 5 wheelchair spaces.


  • Wheelchair seating is on the orchestra level.
  • Elevator access goes between the main lobby and balcony.
  • Hearing-assist units and binoculars at available at the main lobby coat check.
  • Accessible parking is 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

Duration Rate
Each 30 minutes   $2.00
Day – 6:00am to 6:00pm $10.00
Day – theatre matinee, until 6:00pm $8.00
Evening – theatre event, 4:00pm to midnight $12.00
Evening – stadium event, 4:00pm to midnight  $15.00
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.

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

Our lobby is open one hour before performances. 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!


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.

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.

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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600 Hamilton Street
Vancouver BC, V6B 3L4


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