60 Years of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Celebrate with Mid-Century Madness

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Vancouver Civic Theatres presents Mid-Century Madness, a dress-up party celebrating 60 years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

60 Years of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Celebrate with Mid-Century Madness

Mid-Century Madness

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $19.59 online now, to commemorate the 1959 inaugural year

Queen Elizabeth Theatre 1959
Queen Elizabeth (with Mayor A. T. Alsbury) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. VPL #46154 Date: July 15, 1959. Photographer / Studio: Province Newspaper

July 5th, 1959 was the opening day of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver and a few weeks later Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally gave it her name. The venue accommodates 2,781 patrons and over the years it has hosted some of the world’s greatest plays, musicals, operas, ballets and concerts.

On October 26th, dress up in your favourite 60s attire, think the stylings of one “Don Draper” or rather, “Peggy Olson”, and prepare for a journey in our time machine.

The year is 1959, shoppers are on the hunt for the latest in mod fashion at the newly opened Oakridge Shopping Centre. In the background, children are buzzing over the first Barbie doll just about to hit the shelves and an eerie theme song from The Twilight Zone, a newly introduced television show, plays in the distance. This is the year that Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre welcomes its first guests.

QETheatreLobby
Theatre lobby, 2019 and 1986-87 (Vancouver Archives photo CVA 775-31)

Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly, make your way through the flashing lights and glam photo booth, take in art from the decade, and party in style throughout the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby exhibits. Get ready to dance the night away with a vibrant and soulful live performance by Vancouver’s own Dawn Pemberton and musical stylings by DJ Veronica and Trumpeter Malcolm Aiken late into the night.

Tickets are available online now. Follow Vancouver Civic Theatres on Facebook and Twitter for their latest event updates and news.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to this fun theme event on October 26th, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Eric Nicole!

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13 Comments  —  Add a Comment Below

  1. Dorota S.Thursday, October 10th, 2019 — 7:45pm PST

    What a great theme idea. Sounds like it will be a blast. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Roz McNultyFriday, October 11th, 2019 — 9:38am PST

    The Queen Elisabeth is my favourite theatre. I went to lots of symphony concerts with my grandfather. Special memories ๐Ÿ’•

  3. Jason BFriday, October 11th, 2019 — 2:17pm PST

    Would be fun.

  4. daneSaturday, October 12th, 2019 — 1:51pm PST

    great fun!

  5. Eric ChowSaturday, October 12th, 2019 — 8:21pm PST

    Thank you for this contest!

  6. AmandaSaturday, October 12th, 2019 — 8:59pm PST

    Sounds like a fun event! I would love to take my husband! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. talia phillipsSaturday, October 12th, 2019 — 10:32pm PST

    This sounds super fun!

  8. LorenaMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 12:27am PST

    This looks like a blast…and I love Dawn Pemberton’s style. Mid-Century Blast is where I’d love to be Saturday October 26.

  9. Catherine HercusMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 2:42am PST

    Would be a great birthday present! Loved Mad Men and just bought the perfect retro dress for the event. Love Dawn Pemberton!

  10. carolynMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 8:58am PST

    Thank you for posting the photos from 1959. I love these comparisons.

  11. cyrilMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 10:26am PST

    good stuff

  12. Nicole SherlockMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 11:47am PST

    Sounds so fun!

  13. NeleMonday, October 14th, 2019 — 8:44pm PST

    Sounds like a great night out!

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