The Port Theatre

125 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6Z4
T: 250 754-4555
F: 250 754-4595

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Administrative Contact: Bruce Halliday
Contact Phone: 250 754-4555 ext. 305
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Technical Director: Jim Kent
Tech Phone: 250 754-4555 ext. 315


Number of Seats: 804
General Description: Located on Nanaimo’s breathtaking waterfront, next to the Coast Bastion Inn, The Port Theatre is a multipurpose facility that brings in a variety of local and top touring performing arts groups, including acoustic and amplified music, drama, comedy, symphony, musical theatre, children’s entertainers as well as conferences and symposia. Our lobby is ideal for trade shows, exhibit booths and receptions up to 700. In 2005, The Port Theatre won the Sterling Award for Business Excellence in Arts/Culture/Entertainment presented by the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and in 2004 won the Presenter Organization of the Year by CAPACOA.
Facility Type: Rental and Presenting
Theatre Type: Procenium
No. of Events / Year: 250
Average Rental Fee: see “booking events” on our website.
Seating Style: Concert Hall
Wheelchair Area: 3 wheelchair rows
Sales in Lobby? Percentage: Yes / 15%


Stage Type: Apron
Stage Width: 50ft/15.4 m
Stage Depth: 36 ft/ 11.1 m
Stage Height: 24 ft / 7/4 m
Fly System: Yes
Sprung Floor: Yes
Choral Risers: Yes
Acoustic Shell: Yes
Orchestra Pit and Seating: Yes/ 37
Piano (make and size): Steinway


Loading: Receiving doors measure 5m by 3.6 m wide, 0.9 m above grade. There is one door on the dock to the receiving area with a straight shot to one door to the stage.
Dressing Rooms: Yes
Green Room: Yes


Lighting: House inventory of various theatreical lighting, dimming and control, followspots
Electrical: No permanent electrics – stage electrics are served as needed from fly gallery overheads with tracked multi-cable pick-up rigging.
Sound: Console: 40 x 8 Spirit Live 8, transformered microphone split DSR. Clear Com to all typical locations. 8 belt packs and head sets. Prgram sound and paging available to front of house and backstage. IR hearing impaired system available.
Comments: The Theatre has an on-call roster of technicians and will attempt to supply any and all crew for load-in, performance and load-out. When using house equipment, the house will have a minimum crew requirement for each department. All crewing will be co-ordinated by the TD.

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