Vancouver entertainment

Top Choice Performing Arts in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Bard on the Beach

Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets over the mountains beyond the tented main stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight. There are usually three Shakespeare plays, plus one Bard-related work (Rosencran…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Downtown & West End

Theatre Under the Stars

The charming Malkin Bowl provides an atmospheric alfresco stage for the summertime TUTS season, usually featuring two interchanging Broadway musicals. It's hard to find a better place to catch a show, especially as …
Top Choice Theater in Fairview & South Granville

Stanley Theatre

Popular musicals dominate early summer (usually the last show of the season) at this heritage theater, but the rest of the year sees new works and adaptations of contemporary hits from around the world. Officially c…
Top Choice Live Music in Downtown & West End

Commodore Ballroom

Local bands know they've made it when they play Vancouver's best mid-sized venue, a restored art-deco ballroom that still has the city's bounciest dance floor – courtesy of tires placed under its floorboards. If you…
Top Choice Live Performance in Commercial Drive

Rio Theatre

A huge public fundraising campaigning in 2018 saved this beloved theater and cinema venue from possible redevelopment, proving just how important it's become in the cultural lives of locals. But alongside arthouse m…
Top Choice Cinema in Downtown & West End

Pacific Cinematheque

This beloved cinema operates like an ongoing film festival with a daily-changing program of movies. A $3 annual membership is required – organize it at the door – before you can skulk in the dark with other chin-str…
Top Choice Theater in Yaletown & Granville Island

Arts Club Theatre Company

Vancouver's largest, most popular and most prolific theater company, the Arts Club stages shows at three venues around the city. A new artistic director has been appointed and is currently making her mark on the pro…
Top Choice Live Music in Main Street

Fox Cabaret

One of North America’s last-remaining porn cinemas has been transformed (and fully pressure-washed) into a brilliantly eclectic independent nightlife venue, ditching the dodgy flicks in favour of live bands, rib-tic…
Cinema in Downtown & West End

Vancity Theatre

The state-of-the-art headquarters of the Vancouver International Film Festival screens a wide array of movies throughout the year in the kind of auditorium that cinephiles dream of: generous legroom, wide armrests a…
Theater in Downtown & West End

Orpheum Theatre

Opened in 1927, Vancouver's grandest old-school theater has a gorgeous and beautifully maintained baroque interior, making it the perfect place to catch a rousing show with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who call…