|Performing Arts Venue |||Performing Arts Center|
|Neighbourhood |||North Vancouver|
|Getting There |||Lonsdale and 23rd Street West|
Profile Last Updated: March 30, 2009
Built as a Centennial project in 1966 to celebrate Canada's centenary the following year, this municipally owned and operated theatre is active over 250 days of the year. The 705-seat Centennial Theatre is a cool gem of a facility tucked way up in the North Shore. It provides a professional environment for local arts organizations and showcases established acts at an affordable ticket price. Roomy seats, a sizable stage and excellent acoustics make the venue ideal for lavish musicals. It holds its own against many larger, professional arts facilities. Wheelchair accessible, it has an understated lobby and concession area but elegant workmanship remains clearly evident.
What's Going On?
Centennial Theatre is home to several arts organizations including the North Shore Light Opera Society, Uncle Randy Productions, Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore and other community performing arts organizations. Although its mandate is to support the local arts scene, it does invite well-known professional performers from time to time. You can expect a variety of productions throughout the year. Besides professional shows – musical, singing performances, orchestral productions, ballet – Centennial provides a welcome venue for various high school presentations that give the community an opportunity to see what marvellous talent exists among young Canadians.
Each year Centennial presents a series of Electric Evenings including a variety of presentations from music, to dance, to theatre. Productions may include emerging talent as well as seasoned performers. On Thursday afternoons the theatre offers an hour of chamber music with tea and a chance to chat with the musicians. It’s a popular program hosted by John Kennedy, an ex-host on CBC.