About the Arden Theatre
Intimate, comfortable, superbly equipped
Located in St. Albert Place and designed by acclaimed architect Douglas Cardinal, the Arden Theatre has gained an international reputation for excellence.
Since opening its doors in 1984, the Arden Theatre has played host to some of the world's most renowned artists — from Celine Dion to Arlo Guthrie — as well as local musicians, dance schools, theatre troupes and school productions from our own community.
Welcoming more than 65,000 patrons to over 150 events annually, The Arden has presented excellence in artistic programming for over 28 years, offering a variety of music, theatre, and dance events for arts lovers of all ages. Thanks to significant support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Arden Theatre invested in a state-of-the-art sound console and installed new theatre seats and aisle lighting in the summer of 2011 to enhance the overall experience and comfort and safety of our patrons.
This year we also launched our new Take a Seat Donor Program, designed to recognize people with a connection to the Arden Theatre. Take a Seat offers you the unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy in this treasured performing arts venue. Your donation to the Arden Theatre will place the name of your family, friend or business in the spotlight with an elegant, personalized plaque that will be mounted on the armrest of the seat of your choice.
Facts & Statistics About The Arden
- 509 seats plus 2 wheelchair [view Seating Map]
- Just minutes from Edmonton
- Wheelchair accessible lobby, washrooms and seating
- Starsound Infrared Hearing System with portable receivers
- Located in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada at St. Albert Place Civic and Cultural Centre, housing a visual arts wing, museum, public library, civic administration and council chambers
- Designed by acclaimed architect Douglas Cardinal
State-of-the-Art Technical Equipment
The Arden offers the latest in technical equipment, having upgraded its sound and lighting systems in 2010 and 2011.
- Large proscenium stage of cushioned, tempered hardboard
(13.75 m deep x 23.6 m wide)
- ETC lighting system
- Apogee sound system
- 26 fly lines
- Hydraulic orchestra pit
- Computerized box office offering complete ticketing and Ticketmaster services
- Steinway 7’ grand piano
- Fully distributed closed circuit video system
Additional Services & Amenities
- PROGRESS HALL
- Located just off the lobby
- Comfortably seats 80 patrons
- Dance barre and mirror
- Ideal for rehearsals, classes, meetings and recitals
- Two large dressing rooms
- with showers
- Two small dressing rooms
- with showers
- Wardrobe room
- sewing machine, irons and ironing board, washer and dryer
- Green Room/Lounge
- sofas, sink, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, TV
- Licensed bar and concession in lobby
- Coat check service
- Free parking [enter parking lot from Perron St.]
Part of The Arden’s success is due to the support the theatre receives from the community, and the Ardent Volunteer Corps is an outstanding example. A vibrant group of people with diverse skills and interests, the Ardents volunteer their time and talent in various areas.
Some are house managers and ushers, others work behind the scenes with our technicians while the Hospitality Committee ensures our artists receive star treatment during their stay.
Interested in becoming a part of this integral team? Please call The Arden at 780-459-1540 for more information on volunteering.
Take Centre Stage
Awards presentations, school concerts, dance competitions and community theatre are just a few of the many community events The Arden hosts every year. Our friendly, efficient and professional staff ensure your event will be a memorable one. And while the facilities and staff are all top-notch, the rental rates are very down-to-earth, featuring special pricing for not-for-profit groups.
The Arden programs a wide range of professional artists from all disciplines: dance, music, theatre, family shows and education. Some of the performers who have graced The Arden’s stage over the years include: Celine Dion, Robert Cray, Arlo Guthrie, Colin James and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Fred Penner, Holly Cole, Margie Gillis, Loreena McKennitt and Bobby McFerrin.
What the artists say...
“The Arden Theatre is one of the most magical venues I have ever had the opportunity to perform in, on my own, as Compadres or as P.R.O. (Pavlo, Rik Emmet and Oscar Lopez). Miss the amazing nights at the Arden ... will see you soon.” –Oscar Lopez
“Walking into this theatre is like a warm embrace.” –Diane Schuur
“Great hall, wonderful staff.” –Liona Boyd
“Beautiful place — thanks for taking such great care of us.” –Spirit of the West
“Loved it — I’ll be back!” –Natalie MacMaster
“This place is magic.” –Manteca
What the audience says...
“Not a bad seat in the house.”
“Great time spent here; looking forward to many more.”
“Good sight lines, excellent acoustics and excellent performers — good variety and super quality.”
“It’s a beautiful place in every sense.”
“Very impressed! Always!”
To book your event or for more information, please contact:
The Arden Theatre
The City of St. Albert is proud to recognize our Government supporters: