Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth Theatre auditorium from the stage


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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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.

Primary Performers

Visiting Patrons

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 is available at the Easy Park 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. Please note the maximum vehicle height is 6"4".

Our parkade is managed by EasyPark. More information including hourly and event rates can be found here.
Vancouver Public Library: Underground lot between West Georgia and Robson Street; entrance off Hamilton Street.

The Post building across the street on Hamilton Street.
Accessible parking is available at the Easy Park Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal. Accessible parking must be reserved by phone 7-10 days in advance and is subject to availability. Easy Park offers QET & Vancouver Playhouse patrons seeking to reserve accessible parking a dedicated phone number: 604.706.1257

There is an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances which is available 60 minutes before show times.


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. Best seats for viewing rock concerts are mezzanine level seats. *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. Seat size charts are available through the Tech Specs page.
There is an accessible driveway for taxis and for pick up and drop offs on Hamilton Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.
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 which is open 60 minutes before show times.
Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.
Hearing-assist units and binoculars are available at the main lobby coat check.
Only certified guide and service dogs are allowed into VCT venues. Guide and service dogs help people with disabilities avoid hazards or perform tasks. Guide dogs help people with visual impairments while service dogs help people with other kinds of disabilities such as hearing impairments and epilepsy. They can help a person navigate through public areas, alert them to sounds, open doors and do other tasks. British Columbia’s Guide Dog and Service Dog Act and regulation govern how guide and service dogs and their handlers are certified. Certification increases public safety, raises training standards and improves public access for dog and handler teams. Emotional Support Animals (not certified) are currently not allowed in VCT venues.

Show information & theatre etiquette

The box office typically opens two hours before performances for patrons to pick-up or purchase tickets to that evening's event only. VCT acts primarily as rental facilities and do not operate a box office. The box office is operated by the ticket seller for the promoter of the event and is not open between performances.
The lobby is open one hour before performances. Come early and enjoy - visit the visual art gallery on the upper levels of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobbies. 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.
The QET has a spacious coat check. Each patron is charged $4.
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.
The Vancouver Civic Theatres aims to provide safe spaces for enjoying entertainment and culture for all. Please do not wear scented lotions or perfumes to the theatres. We all share the air!
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.
Certain items may be confiscated at the door by security if deemed dangerous. Large bags will be checked at the coat check. All wheeled items other than wheelchairs must remain in the lobby or in the coat check during the performance. These items are considered hazardous if an evacuation becomes necessary.

Contact Information

To inquire about lost and found items, phone 604-665-2193.
Please contact Audience Services for more information on any of the above.

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