Dalhousie Arts Centre
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (July 2015)
|Address||6101 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Type||Performing arts centre|
|Construction cost||$5.5 million CAD|
The Dalhousie Arts Centre, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, contains a number of theatres (including an outdoor rooftop theatre), an art gallery, classrooms, and a sculpture garden. It remains the premier performing arts venue in Halifax. It was opened officially in November, 1971, and is also home to Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts.
The striking modern architecture was done by C.A.E. Fowler & Company (Charles Fowler) of Halifax, with significant contributions by the Japanese educator Junji Mikawa, who worked for Fowler at the time. The interior was mainly by Andy Lynch, who would later have his own firm in the city, and who drew inspiration from the work of Alvar Aalto.
- Rebecca Cohn Auditorium - 1,023-seat multipurpose concert hall and theatre, home to Symphony Nova Scotia. The largest soft-seat venue in Halifax.
- Sir James Dunn Theatre - 198-seat proscenium theatre equipped with stadium seating, vomitoriums, and a fly tower.
- David Mack Murray Studio Theatre (Studio 1) - 80-seat black box theatre with lighting grid and catwalks.
- Elsie MacAloney Room - 90-seat lecture and recital hall.
- Open-air rooftop theatre (closed)
All four operating facilities are named for benefactors.
- Steven Mannell, Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950-2000, Halifax, TUNS Press and Dalhousie School of Architecture, 2004, p. 25