Historic Theatre

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6 [Map Link]

The heart of The Cultch, our original 200-seat theatre has been home to hundreds of local and international dance, music, and theatre performances over the past four decades. Our 2008 renovations transformed the beloved space into a state-of-the-art theatre while still retaining the memories of performances past.

Please note, the Historic Theatre balcony is only accessible via the staircase.

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Historic Theatre Shows

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Origins showcases the multicultural mosaic and heritage in Canada. It honours the arts and culture of our First Nations, as well as, conveys a strong message of unity and intercultural understanding at a time of rising xenophobia and Islamophobia. This is essential, since our target audience is from all backgrounds and walks of life. MORE

April 25, 2019

Origins

Music

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Come celebrate Kickstart Disability Arts and Cultures 21st anniversary with a concert featuring a visual arts presentation by Mujtaba Saloojee, a performance by David Roche, and a music by Gaelynn Lea! MORE

Friday, April 26, 2019

Gaelynn Lea in concert

Community

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On Telegrams, the songs feel like short stories; three-and-a-half minute snippets of fictional lives. A fan of short fiction, TARIQ found characters in stories by some of his favourite authors, including American fiction writer Lorrie Moore and the late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, and cast them as leads in his songs. Written in his Vancouver apartment on an acoustic guitar, the songs were eventually shaped by an accomplished band featuring Sam Davidson, John Walsh, and Skye Brooks. MORE

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A Cultch Presentation

Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box MORE

May 07 - 19, 2019

NASSIM

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Surfing, dentistry, and a family story that can't be told. MORE

May 22–26

Other Inland Empires

rEvolver Theatre Festival

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Satirical feminist sketch comedy bringing change one expertly timed abortion joke at a time.
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May 22–25, 2019

Lady Parts

rEvolver Theatre Festival

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A comedy about being watched.
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May 23–26, 2019

SURVEIL

rEvolver Theatre Festival

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June 01, 2019

In Plain Sight

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Aug 13-25, 2019

Deep Into Darkness

Drama

Culture Lab, Founders' Lounge, Historic Theatre, The Cultch

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A Cultch Presentation

Maya is hikikomori—an extreme recluse—who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring Virtual Reality. Until one day, she meets a mysterious player online who challenges her to the ultimate quest: saving her own father’s life. MORE

NOV 06–17, 2019

Kuroko

Drama

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A Cultch Presentation

Mînowin connects coastal landscapes with contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. MORE

NOV 20–24, 2019

Mînowin

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A Cultch Presentation

They’re back! After their bulldozing debut at the York two seasons ago, the eclectic world of Vancouver’s beloved Elbow Room Café returns for a holiday tribute you won’t soon forget. MORE

DEC 10–29, 2019

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café

Comedy

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A Cultch Presentation

In this absorbing drama infused with science and classical music, three exceptional minds collide like charged particles in an accelerator. MORE

JAN 07–19, 2020

Infinity

Drama

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A Cultch Presentation

In O’wet, a woman falls through a black hole in her little blue house on the reserve. There, she meets her Granny Rose in the shape of a wolf, who guides her on a spirit canoe journey to retrieve her soul from the land of the dead. MORE

JAN 23–FEB 01, 2020

O’wet

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A Cultch Presentation

A show about fate and destiny, a decade in the making. Ten years ago, four artists in their late 20s travelled across the country and interviewed 100 people, aged 1 to 100, about what they believed in. MORE

FEB 04–08, 2020

KISMET, things have changed

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A Cultch Presentation

An exhilarating breath of fresh air. Six of Montréal’s best street dancers immerse themselves in the mysterious mechanics of breathing, and interpret its life-giving rhythm. MORE

FEB 12–15, 2020

Ghost

Dance

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A Cultch Presentation

On stage, a group of gamer/performers aged 11 to 46 enact different mother-son narratives—from the Beowulf saga, to Bambi, to The Terminator—using the video game Minecraft. MORE

MAR 18–22, 2020

MINE

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A Cultch Presentation

Written by Emil Sher, and based on Canadian journalist Ian Brown’s memoir of life with his son, The Boy in the Moon tells a deeply moving story about a family raising a child with a severe disability. MORE

MAR 31–APR 11, 2020

The Boy in the Moon

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