|Performing Arts Venue |||Theatre|
|Neighbourhood |||New Westminster|
|Cross Street |||8th Street|
|Gallery: Open Tue. to Sat: 12PM to 6PM, and during performances.|
Profile Last Updated: August 29, 2008
Massey Theatre is the largest performing arts centre outside of Vancouver's downtown core, quite an accomplishment for a venue that started life as a high school auditorium. The 1,260-seat mid-sized concert hall was named for Vincent Massey, fitting if you remember that he was responsible for a ‘50s report that set the outline for Canada’s art and culture policy. Vinnie the Bear, the theatre’s mascot, is also fondly named for Mr. Massey. The theatre’s mission is to cultivate a diverse and lively arts environment and encourage interaction between artists and the public.
From Toes to Solos
Located at the south end of New Westminster Secondary School, the Massey Theatre is home to the Royal City Musical Theatre and the Royal City Youth Ballet. Thanks to a generous stage, the theatre can accommodate the needs of dance troupes, large-scale musicals, community events and festivals. The Vancouver Symphony performs a variety of concerts here throughout its performance season. The theatre provides a diverse range of entertainment and cultural performances to the entire Lower Mainland, including Broadway touring shows, international stars and musical extravaganzas. Over 200 events grace the stage at the Massey Theatre every year.
Art and Refreshments
The Plaskett Gallery makes good use of what otherwise might be just a large refreshment area for intermission time. With a drinks and snack booth at one end, the long room exhibits fine art that can be viewed during performances. Represented artists change fairly frequently, with a typical show lasting about one month.
Parking: Free parking in New Westminster Secondary School lot, off 8th Avenue.