MainStage Theatre

Total Seating Capacity 520
Orchestra Level 14 rows tiered, fixed seats. 363 Seating Capacity
Balcony 6 rows tiered, fixed seats. 157 Seating Capacity

The MainStage Theatre at Gateway Theatre is an outstanding venue for live performances and presentations of all kinds. The MainStage is equipped with a professional lighting and sound system and cyclorama to facilitate any variety of performances. The MainStage also includes the Wavecast hearing assist system for audience members who may require it.



The MainStage is an inviting, lively space furnished with seats that have clear, comfortable views of the stage.

Orchestra Level: 14 rows tiered fixed seats
Balcony: 6 rows tiered fixed seats
Wheelchair seating capacity: 8 with 1 companion seat for each accessible space.
Total rental capacity: 520


Proscenium opening: 42′ w x 22′ h
Stage dimensions: 40′ x 30′ (curtain line to back wall) 12’6″ (apron depth from curtain line)
Orchestra pit: with hydraulic lift for 15 musicians
Full fly gallery: 29 lines: 18 occupied, 11 available


2 chorus with washrooms and showers
1 green room


Connected to Orchestra Section
Event capacity of approximately 220 people
Full bar
Coat Check
Elevator to 2nd and 3rd floors


Connected to Orchestra Section
Event capacity of approximately 200 people
Full bar (upon request)


Connected to Balcony Section. Event capacity of approximately 30 people.


Upon availability, Studio A and B can be rented as holding areas.

Plan Your Next Event With Us

The MainStage Theatre is perfect for:

  • Concerts
  • Recitals
  • Live Theatre Performances
  • Dance Shows
  • Variety Shows
  • Presentations
  • and more!

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Rental FAQs

  • What’s included in a rental?

    MainStage:12 hours in the space, 6 hours of Front of House labour, 2 hours of Box Office labour, 8 hours of labour for one theatre technician.

    Studio A or B: 6 hours Front of House labour.

  • Can I bring my own technical crew?

    No, Gateway Theatre is an IATSE (Local 118) venue for all technical stage work. A minimum number of crew is required depending on the requirements of your event. Labour rates are available upon request.

  • Can I have photographers and videographers in the theatre during a performance?

    Yes, but if more than one tripod is set up in the theatre to record your event, an IATSE technician may be required.

  • What if Front of House or Box Office labour is not required, such as for meetings?

    Certain discounts are available for such rentals. Please contact us for more details.

  • What is a typical event schedule at the Gateway?

    • Box Office opens one hour prior to event

    • Lobby and Concession opens one hour prior to event

    • House opens 30 minutes prior to event

    • Intermission is generally 20 minutes in length
  • How does ticketing work at Gateway Theatre?

    All tickets are supplied by Gateway Theatre and clients are not permitted to print or prepare tickets from any other source other than through Gateway Box Office. 5.5% Transaction fees are applied to the total revenue of all tickets sold that are paid to the rental client. Gateway will also charge a $2 surcharge on each ticket for administration and capital improvements.

  • Can I sell my own tickets?

    No, but clients may pre-purchase 30% of available tickets, plus the 5.5% Transaction fee and the $2 Surcharge.

  • What options of concession and hospitality are available?

    A licensed concession with staff is available prior to the show and during intermission at no charge to renters unless it’s an all-day event. If you would like to offer free drinks to your audience, please contact Gateway for more details. Gateway is also available for pre-show or post-show receptions for your event at an extra cost. Due to Health Regulations, catering and refrigeration must be provided by a catering company and clients are asked to bring their own platters, serving utensils, napkins, and plates. Please contact us for more details.

  • Can I sell merchandise at Gateway Theatre?

    Any merchandise sold onsite at the Gateway Theatre is subject to a 10% surcharge on total gross sales. This policy also applies to charities and non-profits.

  • Is parking and transit readily available to get to Gateway?

    Paid parking is available at Gateway Theatre, Minoru Park, and Richmond Hospital. Transit options are available a short distance away including the Canada Line.

  • What sort of insurance do I need for my event?

    A certificate of General Liability insurance with a limit of no less than the following coverage. $2 million for non-profit organizations and $5 million for commercial organizations.