|Getting There |||Nearest Sky Train: Royal Oak|
|Cross Street |||Kingsway and Royal Oak|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2009
The Michael J. Fox Theatre was built in 1993 as part of the Burnaby South Secondary School. It operates independently of the school board, under the guidance of the Michael J. Fox Theatre Society. It’s a professional theatre created for the community that has quickly become an important focus for culture, education and business in Burnaby. The theatre is dedicated to developing skilled, talented performers whose work will inspire its audiences.
Getting on with the show
A visually stunning venue with a decidedly modern feel, the red and cream decorated theatre is spacious, with clear sight lines from the curved rows of seats – 613 in total. Moving in and out is simplified with four wide aisles. Performances are multicultural and cover the genres of dance, theatre, and music, and include a number of special community events. The adjacent school is one of the most technologically advanced internationally, so it’s no wonder that the theatre is similarly well equipped. Its modern technological installations make it a perfect venue for video conferencing and business events. There’s also a radio and television broadcast studio. An art gallery built under the theatre’s upper seats also serves as space for VIP receptions and hospitality functions.
Staying true to the community ideals of accessibility and inclusion for all, the Michael J. Fox Theatre has paid careful attention to the needs of the physically challenged. The large centre cross aisle can accommodate up to 12 wheelchairs with companion chairs, and the auditorium is equipped with a Sennheiser infra-red Hearing Assist system for those with hearing difficulties. This particularly aids the students of the Provincial School for the Deaf, whose school is housed at the secondary school next door.