Hamilton Performance and Entertainment Venues information and listings

These are the main venues for Hamilton area performance and entertainment (Hamilton Cultural Venues & Theatres maps by area):. FoundLocally provides information or links to listings of Hamilton area entertainment events.

Ivor Wynn Stadium Bernie Arbour Stadium/Mohawk Sports Complex
Mountain Brow Boulevard between Upper Kenilworth & Mohawk, Hamilton
(905) 546-4401
Bernie Arbour Stadium, owned by the City of Hamilton, is located on the East Hamilton Mountain is home to the McMaster baseball program. It is one of the most beautiful home facilities in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Bernie Arbour Stadium dimensions are 300 feet down the left field line, 325 down right field, 365 to left-center, 405 to straight-away center and 365 to the power alley in right-center. The main grandstand accommodates 300 spectators with another 1,000 + spectators can be seated in the first and third base bleachers. The Press Box can seats 10 members of the media and can support radio and television broadcasts.

Binbrook Little Theatre Inc
Memorial Hall, 2600 Highway #56, Binbrook, ON, (at fairgrounds)
P.O. Box 74, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0
Box Office 905-692-5076
Formed in 1963, the Binbrook Little Theatre is over 40 years old, and has performed a wide range of productions in its venue at Memorial Hall in Binbrook.

Carmen's Inc.
Phone: 905-387-9490
Toll Free: 1-800-753-9857
Carmen's presents Italian-themed dinner theatre (the first of its kind in Canada) featuring luncheon and dinner shows with Broadway productions, concerts, plays and musical reviews.

Victor K Copps Coliseum, Trade Centre/Arena Copps Coliseum (Victor K Copps Trade Centre/Arena)
101 York Boulevard,
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3L4
Copps Coliseum provides year round for comfort and can accommodate a wide variety of events from entertainment, sports and trade shows to conventions, filming and more. It is directly accessible from the Hamilton Convention Centre and Hamilton Place. An excellent concert venue, it has welcomed headlining rock & roll acts, and is home to the NHL farm team Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Coliseum has 117,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with 87,000 sq. ft. on one level (combining 26,000 sq. ft. Arena Surface and the 61,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Hall) and an additional 30,000 sq. ft. on the Concourse level. There is seating for up to 19,000 people, depending on configuration (17,500 for hockey), though intimate seating for groups as small as 2,000 can be set up in the arena. Full catering services are available.

A street level ramp provides direct vehicle access into The Arena and Exhibition Hall Level. To speed move-in and move-out, four loading bays available. Media facilities, a TV studio, dressing locker rooms and a First Aid room are also located on the loading dock level.

Great Big Theatre Company-Children's Theatre
113 King Street West,
Dundas, ON L9H 1V1
Performances take place at Hamilton's Playhouse Theatre: 177 Sherman Ave North

Great Big Theatre Company is a community-based children's theatre company founded in 1994. It produces classic and contemporary children's theatre, for family audiences, school groups, and community organizations. This Theatre serves southwestern Ontario, from Kitchener to Hamilton and Niagara Falls, to Toronto and up to Vaughan and Richmond Hill. Casts include both adults and kids, and use volunteer stage and production crews. Theatre classes and in-school workshops, summer day camps and March break programs are offered to children and teenagers with 150,000 participants over the years.

Hamilton Downtown Cultural Centre
28 Rebecca Street (at Hughson)
Hamilton, ON L8R 1B4
The Downtown Cultural Theatre is a multi-use facility which combines a 300 seat theatre and an art gallery, with multipurpose performance spaces, classrooms, offices, meeting rooms. It serves the music, dance theatre, visual arts, literary arts, and arts education communities. This privately owned venue that provides affordable rental space for arts and cultural events. Home to the Hamilton Theatre Inc's Broadway productions with two shows per season, one in April and one in November.

Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts at Hamilton Place Hamilton Place (Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts at Hamilton Place)
10 McNab S,
Hamilton, ON L8P 1H3
This internationally acclaimed theatre has a reputation for outstanding acoustics. Directly connected to the Hamilton Convention Centre, this facility can be used for special presentations, opening and closing ceremonies, entertainment programming and various meeting requirements.
Seating plans: http://www.hecfi.on.ca/hamiltonplace/seatingaspl
Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/131086

Great Hall
The Great Hall in Hamilton Place is one of North America's most expansive, acoustically superior halls. It is unique in that it functions as a proscenium theatre and concert hall, and is specially designed to deliver optimal acoustical results for each of these performing arts. The Great Hall seats 2,181,and more intimate seating around the stage can accommodate 1,193 on the orchestra level, 560 in the first balcony and 428 in the second balcony.

Studio Theatre
Adjacent to the Great Hall is the independently operated Studio Theatre. Both theatrical performances and non-theatrical events benefit from the intimacy and the versatile stage, room and seating set-ups. It is used for a variety of small theatrical productions, lectures, presentations, reviews, rehearsals and other events.
The Theatre can accommodate up to 350 people with floor and balcony. Set-up can be cabaret style or with tiered seating and bleachers. Balcony seating ranges from 50 - 75, and floor seating from 120 - 275. The portable stage has a maximum area of 40'w x 20'd.

Ivor Wynne Stadium/Brian Timmis Stadium
75 Balsam @ Cannon, Hamilton
(905) 546-4246
Website http://collections.ic.gc.ca/wentworth/ivorstadasp
The 35,000 capacity Ivor Wynne Stadium was originally known as the Civic Stadium when it was built for the 1930 British Empire Games, Canada's first major international athletic event. In 1959, a south grandstand was added with seating for 15,000, and this became the new Tiger-Cat headquarters and site of the Royal Visit in 1959. In 1970, the Parks Board renamed the Civic Stadium to honour Ivor Wynne for his contributions to the Parks Board, McMaster University, and the local and national sports scenes. The following year, the current north stands were added and the first AstroTurf playing surface in Canada was installed, and in 1996 the stadium was host to the Grey Cup.

Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corp
Box Office 519-583-2221 1-888-779-7703 Admin 519-583-1031
P.O. Box 1208
247 Main Street (at Market)
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Located in picturesque Port Dover, where Highway 6 meets the north shore of Lake Erie, is well known for its beautiful beach, terrific shopping and excellent restaurants. This 1904 building housed both a 300 seat theatre and the town hall, though by 1957 the auditorium fell into disuse with its uncomfortable bench seating. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre group was incorporated in 1981 and in 1983 the Town Hall was designated as an Historical Building. In 1999, the City of Nanticoke wanted to sell the old Town Hall building, along with three store fronts on Main Street. Lighthouse purchased the old Town Hall at nominal cost, on the condition that, if Lighthouse should ever decide to sell the building, the City could purchase it back for the same amount.

Movie Palace, The
526 Concession Street,
Hamilton, ON L8V 1A6
A restored 1920's movie theatre has been converted into a multi-functional facility for handling a variety of events and functions. It can serve as a Digital Movie Theatre, a 290 person dining hall or conferences setting, or Roman Amphitheatre style seating,

Guild House Studio Theatre
80 Queen Street South,
Hamilton, ON L8P 3R8
The Player's Guild of Hamilton Inc., has been performing live amateur since 1875 and is the oldest continuing amateur theatre in North America. Four shows each season are performed in their historical Guild House studio theatre, easily recognized by its big red doors.

Sanderson Centre For The Performing Arts
519-752-1866 / 519-752-9910 / 519-758-8090
88 Dalhousie Street,
Brantford, ON N3T 2J2
Brantford's Sanderson Centre is an 1,133 seat intimate theatre with perfect sight lines, superb acoustics and fully-equipped, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Originally the 1919 "Temple Theatre" was a vaudeville house until 1929, when Famous Players purchased the theatre and renamed it The Capitol. The City of Brantford purchased the Capitol Theatre in 1985 and began a $6 million restoration. In 1989, the renovated theatre was renamed the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts as a tribute to local benefactors the Sanderson Family, and officially re-opened in September of 1990 with an Anne Murray performance

Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Theatre for the Arts Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Theatre for the Arts
905-522-7529 Toll Free: 1-800-465-7529
Admin 905-522-7815 Fax 905-667-0107
190 King William Street,
Hamilton, ON L8R 1A8
Box Office Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10am - 6pm; Sat. 10am - 1pm
Theatre Aquarius is in its 33rd season as Hamilton's professional theatre with 7,500 subscribers and over 100,000 patrons. Hamilton's professional theatre season runs September to May, with this facility featuring traditional and contemporary dramas, warm comedies, sparkling musicals, classic children's shows.

Since its 1973 inception, Theatre Aquarius performed primarily at Hamilton Place's Studio Theatre and in 1991, Theatre Aquarius moved into the $12 million state of the art facility and has since had an unbroken string of operating surpluses, record ticket sales and won a Lieutenant Governor's Award for Business Excellence in the Arts. The third largest regional professional theatre in the province has 2 performing spaces and hosts over 11 productions with 177 performances per season.

Village Theatre Waterdown
Memorial Hall (in the centre of Waterdown)
317 Dundas E, Highway 5
Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0
Operating for over thirty years, this community theatre group which produces challenging and entertaining drama, comedy, and music as a creative outlet for close to 100 local actors, directors, designers and backstage crew. They also produce a full-scale children's play as part of our regular season, giving many children the opportunity to perform. Recent renovations to Memorial Hall were funded by Village Theatre through various grants,.

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