Pantages First Concert

On April 18, 2006, the long-term lease agreement between the Pantages Theatre Arts Society and the owner and developer Marc Williams was signed in the company of representatives from Vancouver Moving Theatre, Vancouver Cantonese Opera, and City Opera of Vancouver. These companies will be resident at the theatre together with numerous other community and arts groups to make use of this 650-seat proscenium house.

On Saturday, October 28, 2006, shortly after noon, the Pantages Theatre presented its first concert in over 50 years as part of the Heart of the City Festival. Soprano Diana Oros-Wilder and pianist Michael Onwood performed music from Broadway to opera for an appreciative audience after an historic walking tour conducted by John Atkin of this once bustling theatre and vaudeville circuit area that included the Harts Opera House, the Grand, the Empress, the Imperial, the Rex, the Chung King Opera House, and among others, the Pantages Theatre.