The Royal Theatre

If you are an opera-lover or enjoy attending concerts, you must visit the Royal Theatre, our local opera house and concert hall! Great acoustic with an absolutely beautiful architecture, exactly what art lovers are usually looking for, presenting ambience of intimacy. Conveniently located just in the heart of the downtown of Victoria, on 805 Broughton Street, makes it so easy to access.
Attractions around the Royal Theatre:
The Royal Theatre is conveniently located close to other attractions, do not forget to visit these places on your way to the Royal Theatre:

  • Victoria Public Library – so close to the theatre, where you can plunge into the silence of books.
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel – where you can lodge or simply visit for an afternoon tea;
  • Inner Harbour – with blooming flowers, palms and trees alongside gorgeous boats and yachts makes the walk on the harbor an unforgettable experience;
  • The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to modern day with a full suite of shops to explore;
  • Victoria Bug Zoo – to enjoy the astonishing world of insects, arachnids, and other many-legged creatures!
  • Miniature World – provides a unique opportunity to experience the world from a tiny perspective;
  • Christ Church Cathedral – where you will admire the catholic style architecture and can spend quality time in prayers.

The Royal Theatre today
You can’t miss the Royal Theatre as it is a large brick-faced building in the urban center of downtown Victoria with a Rococo/Renaissance revival style decor.  The building has a pleasant throwback to the old world luxury, with the small but traditional stage and surrounds with a seating capacity of 1400.

The Theater is known today as a premiere attraction for tourists and is home to Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Most definitely, it`s a wonderful place to have a “cultural evening”. It’s a gem, simply awesome perfect place for “cultural” dates!

Theatre comes with wheelchair seating simply make a request.
Significance of the Royal Theatre
In 1912, the Royal Theatre was built by Victoria Opera House Company (designed by architects William D’Oyly Hamilton Rochfort and Eben W. Sankey) and opened in 1913. Since that time, the theatre has functioned as a cinema, an opera house and held concerts. Over the century, there has been numerous famous performers at the theatre including

  • Sarah Bernhardt,
  • Carlos Montoya,
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov,
  • Luciano Pavarotti,
  • National Ballet of Canada,
  • Crosby,
  • Stills & Nash,
  • Tony Bennett,
  • Nelly Furtado.

Short History of the Royal Theatre
The Royal Theatre was commemorated as a National Historic Site as it is one of the most enduring large-scale theatres in Canada.

  • in 1930, the theatre was developed by famous players and used it majorly as a movie theatre,
  • in 1972 it was reinvented as a live theatre;
  • in 1987 the Royal Theatre has been nominated the title of National Historic Site of Canada;
  • in 1991 the lobby which was initially a foyer was created,
  • in 2002 other renovations took place, such as technical upgrades and restoration work to the auditorium, and refurbishment of the dressing rooms.

Travelling to The Royal Theatre.
If you would like to drive to The Royal Theatre., there is underground City of Victoria parkade in the building, located just under the library with two entrances on Broughton Street and Courtney Street!

On-street pay parking is available on the surrounding streets.

If you prefer to use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.