1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R7
Situated in an old machinery building, this eclectic theatre on Granville Island holds a place of distinction in the world of performing arts.
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Profile Last Updated: July 10, 2007
Since 1979, the Waterfront Theatre has been entertaining audiences year round with a wide array of performances. The 240-seat theatre boasts intimacy as one of its prized characteristics. The arts community that exists on Granville Island embraces the small theatre and various businesses make use of the space – the Arts Umbrella, also on Granville Island, holds an annual showcase of their students’ artwork that can be viewed at the theatre.
It is difficult to anticipate what you are going to see as you approach the theatre. Clad in grey with sunny yellow accents and bright blue lettering, the outside of the theatre may not dazzle during the day, but when it is lit up at night you know you have arrived someplace special. The blue lettering is carried through to the box office and gallery lobby. Stop to browse the works of art proudly displayed on the walls and pillars as you go to purchase or pick-up your tickets at the box office. Entering the theatre the sixteen rows of orchestra seating spread before you. The close proximity of the stage and performers to the audience is part of the appeal when you go to see a performance here. Families are welcome at the theatre but all attendees must hold a ticket, babies younger than six months old are admitted at no charge but it is not recommended.
Get in on the Action
The Waterfront Theatre is available to the community and performance companies for a rental fee. Non-profit organizations benefit from a discounted rate to reduce obstacles in putting on a show. Technical and staffing support is provided by the Granville Island Cultural Society that runs the Waterfront Theatre and also administers Performance Works, and the licensing of the Granville Buskers.
Tip: Wheelchair Accessible