Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

2687 James Street
Duncan BC V9L 2X5

T: 250-746-3425

Venue Email:

Administrative Contact: Kirsten Schrader
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 250-746-3425

Technical Contact: Mike Schaefer
Tech Email:
Tech Phone: 250-746-3427

Other Contacts: Patricia Greenwell
Phone: 250-746-3423

Other Contacts: Jenny Purslow
Phone: 250-746-3426


Number of Seats: 731
General Description: The Cowichan Theatre is a multi-use performance facility for touring professional artists and community arts groups. Features include spacious continental seating, excellent sightlines and acoustics, an impressive stage, support facilities and services and updated technology backed by professional technical staff. Dance, opera, classics, jazz, contemporary music, drama and variety presentations are comfortably accommodated.

Facility Type: Rental and Presenting
Theatre Type: Proscenium
No of Events / Yr: 256
Average Rental: 775 vs 11% of gross gate
Maximum Rental Fee: TBC
Seating Style: Continental
Wheelchair Area: Yes
Sales in Lobby? Percentage: Yes / 15%


Stage Type: Thrust
Stage Width: 41.6 ft / 12.8 m
Stage Depth: 36 ft / 11.1 m
Stage Height: 19ft / 5.8 m
Thrust / Apron Width: 47.8 ft / 14.7 m
Thrust / Apron Depth: 18.5 ft / 5.7 m
Wing – Stage Left: 29.5 ft / 9.1 m
Wing – Stage Right: 27.5 ft / 8.5 m
Stage Comments: Spruce tongue & groove 2×6 set on 3/4” plywood, on 2×4 sleepers laid flat every 18”, laid flat with rubber pads between them and the concert floor; flat black finish. Choral risers must be booked through Cowichan Secondary School Music Dept.
Fly System: Yes
Sprung Floor: Yes
Choral Risers: Yes
Acoustic Shell: No
Orchestra Pit and Seating: Yes / 24
Cyclorama: Yes
Piano (Make and Kind): 1928 Steinway 9 ft Grand, Kawai Upright


Loading: 2 Loading Bays: Stage Right stairway goes to the first bay, then a caged ladder goes from the first bay to the second bay and grid (21 ft from stage floor to first loading bay, 48 ft to the second)
Parking Details: Free adjacent to theatre
Rehearsal Space: Yes
Dressing Rooms: Yes
Green Room: Yes


Lighting: Lighting and Follow Spot control room centre at rear of house. Strand lightboard with memory; dimmers; borderlights
Sound: Sound Board: FOH – 32 channels; Monitor – 32 Channel Input, 12 Channel Output; Record Desk – 32 Channel Input, 8 Group Output; Speakers: FOH Mains; Stage Monitors; Other Sound Info: EQs, Rev, Cassette Decks; CD Player; Wireless Mics; Clear Com
Additional Comments: In-house catering services; Harlequin Dance Floor (reversible – black & white) charged to user; nearest music store: Duncan Music (748-7625); dry cleaners: Crystal Cleaners (#2-5777 TransCanada Hwy); Laundromat: Spiffy’s Laundry (372 Trunk Rd). No charge for pre-production consultation of technical services staff.

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