Royal Theatre (Victoria, British Columbia)

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Royal Theatre
Royal Theatre National Historic Site of Canada (Victoria, British Columbia).jpg
The Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia
Location Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 48°25′23.6″N 123°21′44.4″W / 48.423222°N 123.362333°W / 48.423222; -123.362333Coordinates: 48°25′23.6″N 123°21′44.4″W / 48.423222°N 123.362333°W / 48.423222; -123.362333
Built 1913
Original use Opera house and concert hall
Current use Same
Architect William D’Oyly Hamilton Rochfort and Eben W. Sankey
Governing body Royal & McPherson Theatres Society
Website Official Site

The Royal Theatre is an opera house and concert hall located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was designed in 1912 by William D’Oyly Hamilton Rochfort and Eben W. Sankey. Rochfort was very active as an architect in Victoria from 1908 until he left for the war in 1914. Opened in 1913, the theatre has operated under many guises, including cinema (1917–1981; operated during some of that time by Famous Players), opera, and concerts.

The theatre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1987.[1]

Today, the theatre has a capacity of 1,434. It is a popular venue, staging concerts by Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir as well as productions by Pacific Opera Victoria, though it is also considered a receiving house, and regularly books "outside acts".

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