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Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, July 5, 1959 with an invitation-only concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Later that month, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a concert at the theatre and officially gave it her name. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is one of the largest ‘soft seat’ houses in Canada, accommodating 2,781 patrons.

  • Selects this section on the seating chart: Orchestra,
  • Selects this section on the seating chart: Mezzanine,
  • Selects this section on the seating chart: Balcony,
  • Selects this section on the seating chart: Accessible Seating,

Wheelchair Seating Arrangements

Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra and mezzanine levels. Orchestra: row 25, seats 31 through 40 and seats 60 through 69. Mezzanine: row 34, seats 15 through 20 and seats 41 through 46. *Please note, some ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, will call these rows ‘WC’ instead of listing the row number. e.g. mezzanine left WC seat 15. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.

Patron Drop-off and Pick-up
There is an accessible driveway for taxis and for pick up and drop offs on Hamilton Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.

Parking
Accessible parking is available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number available to reserve for performances. To reserve an accessible parking space, phone 604-665-2193 at least one week before the performance. There is an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances. Vancouver Civic Theatres makes every effort to accommodate a reasonable number of accessible parking spots through our contract with Metro Parking. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre parking lot has recently undergone parking lot restorations, which necessitated a change to our processes. Metro Parking attendants have now been tasked with ensuring that the accessible spots are available up to 30 minutes prior to the event, at which time the spots are released.

Elevators
Theatre elevator access is available from the main lobby to the mezzanine level and the balcony. There is also an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances.

Washrooms

Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the orchestra and mezzanine levels.

Hearing and Visual Asstistance

Hearing-assist units and binoculars are available at the main lobby coat check.