About the Norman Rothstein Theatre

Operated by the Vancouver West Side Theatre Society, the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre is a Performing Arts venue for rental and presentation of Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, Lectures and Literary events. Located at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, the Theatre was created to enhance the cultural life of both the Jewish and general communities. We are committed to presenting, producing and promoting professional and innovative community-based programming that:

  • Supports both established and emerging Artists
  • Entertains, inspires, educates and enriches its audiences
  • Promotes communication and understanding between Jewish and non-Jewish communities

The Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre (NRT) is a fully equipped 318-seat Performance venue and is one of the few mid-size theatres in Vancouver suitable for professional presentations. The NRT is perfect for artists to "graduate" beyond the 150-200 seat venues that so many Lower Mainland artists perform in as it offers a production value superior to these venues and the opportunity to reach a financial break even point and the ability to increase box office revenue beyond this point. The NRT features a complete sound and lighting system (which was upgraded in 2005 and 2006 respectively), a full-size movie screen and commercial projector, dance floor and a grand piano and mid-stage traveler. Located in the heart of the beautiful Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, the facility is wheelchair accessible, air-conditioned and has onsite parking available.


Norman Rothstein was born in 1918 into a pioneer family in the Vancouver Jewish community. Norman was a successful businessman and, with his wife and beloved life partner Annette, had a passion for Israel and the Cultural Arts. He held many positions in local Jewish and cultural arts organizations including Vice-President of the United Jewish Appeal and Board Member and strong supporter of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His leadership in both the Jewish and the cultural arts communities led to Annette Rothstein's endowment of the Norman Rothstein Theatre in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver as a fitting way to honour his memory. During its early years, Annette Rothstein was the theatre's Honourary Patron. Upon her death, her name was added to the theatre to honour her dedicated support of this important community resource.