Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Coordinates: 49°16′49″N 123°06′46″W / 49.280355°N 123.112650°W / 49.280355; -123.112650
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Queen Elizabeth Theatre
General information
Address630 Hamilton Street
Town or cityVancouver, British Columbia
Groundbreaking29 March 1957 (1957-03-29)
Opened5 July 1959 (1959-07-05)
Design and construction
Architecture firmLebensold, Desbarats, Affleck, Dimakopoulos, Michaud, Sise
Theatre interior

49°16′49″N 123°06′46″W / 49.280355°N 123.112650°W / 49.280355; -123.112650The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is a performing arts venue in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Along with the Orpheum, Vancouver Playhouse, and the Annex, it is one of four facilities operated by the Vancouver Civic Theatres on behalf of the city of Vancouver (the Playhouse adjoins the QE Theatre in the same complex).[1] It was named after the former Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Formerly the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which is now based at the Orpheum, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC, in addition to hosting various other musical events year-round. The theatre has a 70′ wide x 40′ deep (21.34m x 12.19m) stage / performing area. The building holds two venues: the 2,765 seat main auditorium and the 668 seat Playhouse Theatre.

The theatre was the first project by the Montreal-based architectural partnership Lebensold, Desbarats, Affleck, Dimakopoulos, Michaud, Sise.[2] It opened in July 1959.[3]

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  1. ^ "Cultural Services, Civic Theatres". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ Gooch, Bryan N.S. "Queen Elizabeth Theatre". The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Historica Dominion Institute. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. ^ Broadway Across Canada - Vancouver. Retrieved 2013-12-11

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