The Improv Centre / Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge

Vancouver TheatreSports produces 10 different shows per week, 52 weeks of the year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on beautiful Granville Island. Nestled under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island is home to a vibrant community including the world-renowned Public Market, restaurants, theatres, artists’ studios, the Granville Island Hotel, a float-home community and a marina.

The Improv Centre is a unique facility – it is the only purposely built-for-improv theatre in western Canada.  It is an intimate space, seating only 186 patrons in three types of seats – cabaret-style tables and chairs up front close to the stage, a banquette bench with bar rail and traditional theatre seats with cup holders.

Tucked at the back of The Improv Centre you will find the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, our own licensed facility, which boasts a Boardwalk Patio overlooking the picturesque Granville Island Marina and False Creek. The Bar & Lounge serves a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty cocktails themed to the current feature show.  It opens one hour prior to show time on performance evenings. Patrons are also welcome to enjoy their beverages in the theatre during the performance. As The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility, Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

The Box Office at The Improv Centre opens at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, the first show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.  The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge opens at 6:30 p.m. for theatre patrons. See map and parking below the photo gallery

The Improv Centre is available for rentals.

Interested in our bar menu? Click here to view.

Getting to Granville Island

Aquabus Ferries run every 5 minutes 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Granville Island and the foot of Hornby Street, David Lam Park and the foot of Davie Street in Yaletown as well as from Stamps Landing and Science World.  Website with Map or call 604.689.5858

False Creek Ferries run every 5 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Website with route map or call 604.684.7781

TransLink #50 False Creek South bus picks up at the Waterfront Seabus Station, travels south along Granville Street over the Granville Street bridge. The #50 will take you to the entrance of Granville Island on the south side of the street. Cross the street and walk on to the Island. The return bus stop is on the north side of the street, corner of West 2nd Ave. at Anderson Street. Route Map.

Call: 604.953.3333 or visit: tripplanning.translink.bc.ca

Parking on Granville Island

Keeping with Granville Island’s unique feel, the parking system is significantly different from any other neighbourhood in Vancouver. Some of the most notable differences are the parking stall indicators, a mix of traditional yellow lines and non-traditional yellow dots. Please keep in mind that all regulations are strictly enforced.

For more information please visit: Granville Island Parking Information


The Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau Street,
Granville Island,
Vancouver BC

Vancouver TheatreSports Admin Office
1515 Anderson Street
Granville Island,
Vancouver, BC



We acknowledge with gratitude that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples,including the territories of the xʷməθkwəýəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səĺílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Going to an improv show here is worth it exactly 100% of the time. Venue is great and has a very nice layout. Not too big, it retains a cozy atmosphere while having high ceilings, great views from any seat, a big stage and decent acoustics. It's a good night out for a date or a group of friends. Pretty limited bar, but enough to drink. My suggestion is (this was on very good advice from a friend) go early.

Michael Amasio, Google Review

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