Downtown is home to Calgary's best theatre as well as two cinemas. You can see the latest blockbuster, an obscure classic, a big budget play, or an experimental one-man show.

Stage and Screen

Downtown Calgary is the mecca for performing arts in the City of Calgary

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Downtown Calgary is a cultural hub that spans many different disciplines and taste. From cutting edge cinema and experimental theatre from the Globe Theatre or One Yellow Rabbit, to the Calgary tradition of A Christmas Carol from Theatre Calgary, you're sure to experience a great show.

Arts Commons —  1800-plus performances and events each year. Performances, live theatre, meetings, concerts and various activities occur in this multi-venue arts centre.

Located within the Arts Commons is:

  • Theatre Calgary
  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • One Yellow Rabbit
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Big Secret Theatre

The GRAND — set in an beautiful historical site, The Grand recently announced Black Radish Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society as their inaugural resident companies.

Vertigo Theatre — Housing two performing spaces, The Playhouse and The Studio, Vertigo Theatre produces a mystery series (BD&P Mystery Theatre Series) and theatre-for-young-audience productions from across the country (Y Stage Theatre Series).

Lunchbox Theatre — Calgary's longest running lunchtime theatre, entertaining patrons over the lunch hour. A professional company introduces at least six plays per year as well at the Petro-Canada Stage One Festival.

Downtown is also your location for box office blockbuster films to indie films all within walking distance

Globe Cinema — the Globe Cinema is located downtown on 8 Avenue SW between 5 and 6 Street SW

Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire — located in the trendy Eau Claire Market with all the latest blockbuster movies showing on 6 screens