Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Built in 1959 as part of an international design competition, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is home to Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC. Working closely with the facility’s staff and users, Proscenium Architecture + Interiors developed a long-range planning study for the 50-year old Queen Elizabeth Theatre in 1994. The study identified upgrades including the building systems, code compliance and lobbies, phasing the schedule to not infringe on peak seasons.

Between 1996 and 2010, Proscenium completed six phases of upgrades based on the initial study to successfully update a beloved civic landmark for a new generation of performance. These included the addition of elevators, a major renovation of lobbies and bars, renovation of the audience chamber including the removal of the existing ceiling for interior upgrades and acoustic enhancements, improvements to the structural performance of the building, and renovation of the plaza including associated pedestrian and vehicular access.

Proscenium’s celebrated work on the QET has been recognized by the Lieutenant Governor Award of Merit (2001), Vancouver Heritage Award (2003), Heritage BC Award (2003) and City of Vancouver Heritage Awards (2011).

Scott Massey (Plaza)
CLIENT: City of Vancouver/Vancouver Civic Theatres
LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
SIZE: 95,000 ft² existing building (2,781 seats)


2011 Canadian Consulting Engineer Award of Excellence
2011 City of Vancouver Heritage Award
2010 Heritage BC Award of Honour
2003 Vancouver Heritage Award
2001 Lieutenant Governor Award of Merit
2000 IDI BC Award of Excellence