New Look For Vancouver Venues

The city-operated Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, are in the midst of multimillion-dollar makeovers that will leave the venues dark through the summer.

While the 2,688-seat Orpheum is closed through Sept. 24 for about $5.5 million in renovations, the Queen Elizabeth is expected to reopen Nov. 14 following a more than $48 million facelift.

Upgrades at the Orpheum will include new seats, expanded wheelchair seating, new interior signage and lighting, and expanded women’s restrooms, the Vancouver Sun reported.

The 50-year-old Queen Elizabeth is also reportedly set for new seats, as well as revamped sight lines, new control booths, acoustic reflectors and restrooms.

The ceiling of the venue’s lobby has also been lifted, forming a three-story atrium.

The first artists on the books for the Orpheum following the renovation include Bryan Adams and Tony Bennett in October.