Performance Venues

Prince Rupert has a thriving scene of musicians and performers that can often be found by stopping into a local pub or restaurant, or by perusing the schedule of a local venue. Our venues are able to accommodate almost any performance – from the smaller, more intimate, show at one of our local cafés, to dance competitions in our local Lester Centre with a capacity of up to 700 guests.


Lester Centre for the Arts

The Prince Rupert Performing Arts Centre was built as a state of the art 700 seat facility opened in 1987. In 2006 it was renamed Lester Centre of the  Arts. It is operated by a non-profit society for the cultural benefit of the people of the Pacific Northwest. The house features side and upper balconies, with unobstructed view from all seats. Modern sound and lighting equipment complement the comfortable padded seats to produce an enjoyable and enlightening theatre experience. The spacious lobby hosts art displays from local artists, as well as a soft bar.

The Lester Centre is at the heart of arts in Prince Rupert, a venue is the envy of communities around BC and Canada. The facility averages more than 120 performances each year, and the space is used for rehearsals, dance classes, City meeting and school district events with more than 420 bookings in a season. The facility boasts a rehearsal room, and a number of meeting rooms as well as the lobby gallery display area and stage. The Lester Centre is a versatile facility and can accommodate almost any event. Conventions, auctions, and televised town hall meetings are just some of the events scheduled every year at the Lester Centre.

For more information on the Lester Centre for the Arts, their hours of operation, services, information on how you can support the Centre, events listings, and more, check out:


Lester Centre of the Arts

1100 McBride Street
Prince Rupert B.C.
V8J 3H2

Phone: (250) 627-8888
Fax: (250) 627-7892



Tom Rooney Playhouse

Run by Prince Rupert’s Harbour Theatre Society, the Tom Rooney Playhouse, or the "Rooney," as it's affectionately known, is a 100-seat theatre venue located in the heart of downtown Prince Rupert. The Playhouse is home to several local theatre productions each year, including Udderfest – an annual weekend festival of local theatre productions.

Tom Rooney Playhouse
954 3 Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 1M8

Phone: (250) 624-3626