Theater & Shows in North Vancouver


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  • Rio Theatre
    Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre?s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans. Aside from the daily show times, cult classics?frequently in their original 35 mm form?screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.
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    1660 E Broadway
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Instant Theatre
    Instant Theatre Company not only stages off-the-cuff improv shows, it instructs others in the art. "Our preference is to give you the overall experience," the company says on its website. This translates to classes that emphasize character, scene work, and story, the blend of which helps students develop comedic timing, learn team-building skills, and make up really great excuses when they forget their mother's birthday. The result: quick-witted shows that engage both the actors and the audience. And though the company focuses much of its energy on improv, it also embraces other comedic forms, namely sketch comedy taught by Kids in the Hall alum Kevin McDonald and standup classes helmed by festival regular and CTV star Adam Pateman.
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    1212 Commercial Dr.
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Yuk Yuk’s
    Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to four days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
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    2837 Cambie St.
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Vancouver Recital Society
    Helmed by Artistic Director Leila Getz, the Vancouver Recital Society has drawn internationally acclaimed artists to British Columbia for more than three decades. Over the years, the society has dazzled audiences with concerts by celebrity cellist Yo-Yo Ma and recitals by violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. With recitals spread across four of Vancouver’s most esteemed venues, the Vancouver Recital Society packs every season with esteemed and seasoned luminaries, while introducing audiences to future generations of classical royalty.
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    304 – 873 Beatty St.
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Vancouver Symphony Society
    Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents world-class performances of classical and popular music to over 250,000 people each year. Under the direction of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, the VSO strives to enrich the quality of life in, and bring prestige to, our city through top-quality live musical performances.
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    601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Union Events LTD
    Quintessential pop-punk idols blink-182 delight fans with up-tempo jams and a trademark, irreverent humour. Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge's raw vocals and brain-burrowing guitar riffs interweave with Travis Barker's toe-tap-inducing percussion to serve up aural stews that nourish eardrums weaned on diets of TV static. With a classic catalogue of rebellious anthems and loss-tinged reflections on love including "All the Small Things" and "What's My Age Again?," the band draws on nearly two decades of tuneful hits. Pop-punk mainstays My Chemical Romance, Rancid, and Against Me! join the euphonic festivities with energetic aplomb. Musical merrymaking will take place at Rogers Arena, where the inescapable aura of the Vancouver Canucks cools off any fans who arrived on a unicycle while clad in head-to-toe leather.
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    881 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC CA

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