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Center for the performing arts (Ford Center)

  • 604 699-8760
  • Diane Heal
  • 777 Homer Street - Map
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
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The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts is regarded as one of the premiere entertainment facilities in the city. Internationally acclaimed architect, Moshe Safdie, created The Centre with the same contemporary vision used in its companion building Library Square. These state-of-the-art structures compliment Vancouver in both style and beauty. Together with the nearby Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Public Library, BC Place Stadium, and GM Place to the east, The Centre is a vital part of Vancouver’s cultural and entertainment district.

The Centre is located in the dynamic core of downtown Vancouver on the West Side of Homer Street between Robson and West Georgia streets. It is two blocks from the Granville Skytrain station and within steps of Robson Street, the world-renowned shopping promenade.

The splendor of The Centre is dramatic constructed and crafted with the highest quality technology, staging, acoustics, seating, fixtures, and furnishings available. From the spiraling glass cone to the curvilinear marble staircase, white marble floors reflected endlessly by the faceted-mirrored walls to the massive arched ceiling, is an architectural kaleidoscope. The Centre is a sight to behold. Visitors will feel a sense of expansive time and space.

The Three Level Auditorium offers 1,836 lush purple velvet seats with uncompromising sightlines and impeccable acoustics. It is complimented by the stage that measures 102 feet wide by 52 feet deep and can accommodate 87 line-sets. Audiences will find themselves enveloped in a modern but ageless facility. Features include:

* 1836 three level live theatre auditorium
* Striking marble lobby with a magnificent curving staircase
* Two awe-inspiring foyers with expansive arched ceilings
* Full bar and snack service
* Washroom facilities located on all four levels
* VIP suite with full service bar and private washrooms
* Live-stage with a 20-50 seat orchestra pit
* “Phonic Ear” FM hearing impaired system

Opened 1995, The Centre was originally named the Ford Centre for Performing Arts. During its tenure as Vancouver’s premier performing arts facility, leading Broadway productions were showcased. Among others, patrons enjoyed Showboat, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Riverdance, and Ragtime.