Queen Elizabeth
Theatre

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A space designed to awe audiences and inspire performers.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is named for its most famous patron, Queen Elizabeth II, who attended a concert here when the theatre opened in July 1959.

The auditorium's broad columns, dramatic crimson seating, and textured finishes create an ambiance that is both contemporary and cozy. The atrium's sweeping staircases, fairy-like chandeliers, and reflective surfaces add a playfully dramatic feel – a perfect complement to the range of productions staged here.

The theatre’s three salons can host 20 to 220 people, for conferences, receptions and other events.

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Service alert: 

The elevator at Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be undergoing maintenance beginning Tuesday, July 25 for approximately 8 weeks. The mezzanine and balcony levels will not be accessible to patrons in wheelchairs at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

 

Inspiration

Regularly playing host to acclaimed opera and musical performances, as well as Broadway shows and other amusements, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre also features a locally curated art gallery exhibiting works by emerging artists.

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Getting There

The QET audience entrance is located at 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. The main cross roads are Hamilton Street & West Georgia Street.
The Translink Skytrain and Canada line are a convenient choice of transportation while visiting the QET and Playhouse theatres. 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
There are several City of Vancouver Mobi bike-share station that are location at and nearby our venues. Please visit www.mobibikes.ca for more details

Parking

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.
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 is available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number available to reserve for performances. To reserve an accessible parking space, phone 604-665-2193 at least one week before the performance.

Accessibility

Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra and mezzanine levels. -orchestra: row 25, seats 31 through 40 and seats 60 through 69. -mezzanine: row 34, seats 15 through 20 and seats 41 through 46. *Please note, some ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, will call these rows ‘WC’ instead of listing the row number. E.g. mezzanine left WC seat 15. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.
There is an accessible driveway for taxis and for pick up and drop offs on Hamilton Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.
Accessible parking is available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number available to reserve for performances. To reserve an accessible parking space, phone 604-665-2193 at least one week before the performance. There is an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances.
Theatre elevator access is available from the main lobby to the mezzanine level and the balcony. There is also an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances.
Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.
Hearing-assist units and binoculars are available at the main lobby coat check.

Show information & theatre ettiquette

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.
The lobby is open one hour before performances. Come early and enjoy the visit the visual art gallery on the upper levels of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby. 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! We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and debit cards. Cash only at the coat check.
The QET has a spacious coat check. Each patron is charged $2
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.
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.
Taking professional 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. Please be respectful when using your smartphone in performances as it can be a distraction for other patrons.

Lost and found

To inquire about lost and found items, phone 604-665-2193.

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