On Vancouver Island lies the large and ornate Royal Theatre, which was opened in 1913 and spent 64 years operating as a glamorous cinema before becoming a concert hall in the ’80s — and, as of 1987, became a National Historic Site of Canada. Inside the sizeable brick building, you’ll find the grandeur and elegance of another era, with the stage’s heavy red curtains and gold ceiling mouldings. There are lots of opera and classical performances to reflect the décor, but the Royal also regularly hosts rock shows and pop shows.
With a capacity of 1416, the Royal has built a reputation for its intimate shows by artists such as k.d. lang, Sarah Bernhardt, Jesse Cook, flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya, Luciano Pavarotti, Gordon Lightfoot, Shane Koyczan, Jann Arden, Tony Bennett, reggae artist Ziggy Marley, Rodriguez, Canadian country singer Dean Brody, folk singer-songwriter Andy Shauf and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The theatre is also home to the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria.
The Royal retains its original Rococo/Renaissance Revival style décor, but possesses an incredibly modern sound system. The seats are comfortable, with good visibility from most sections, wheelchair accessibility to the upstairs and lots of parking nearby.