Jenny's House is Open!

Expanded View of Banff Centre Jenny Belzberg Theatre

“Nothing but gratitude” from Banff Centre’s Jenny Belzberg Theatre Grand Opening

Media Release
May 9, 2022
Banff, AB

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity celebrated the grand opening of its newly revitalized performance venue, the Jenny Belzberg Theatre, with a weekend of heartwarming private, public, and free community events.
The theatre revitalization project was completed on time and on budget in October 2020, a year after it began and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. The Banff Centre welcomed limited capacity events in the intervening months but held off on an official celebration of the space until all seats could be safely filled, which happened during the grand opening events. Both the grand opening concert on Saturday evening and the Sunday free community show were at capacity.

It was wonderful to see so many of Banff Centre’s friends, family, and supporters. Experiencing the realization of Jenny's vision during the performances in this gorgeous space gave me goosebumps, as I am sure it did for many others. There was not a dry eye in the house as we all felt the transformational power of art and inspiration coming together.

Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

I am so proud of all the teams that made this a reality. From the designers and architects to the builders, to the artists who provided inspiration, and to all the wonderful staff at Banff Centre who worked so hard. Thank you. You are in my heart.

Jenny Belzberg

At Banff Centre, the Jenny Belzberg Theatre is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of artists who participate in education, performance, and training programs on our campus. The revitalization of the Banff Centre’s largest theatre, and its elegant new design by KPMB Architects, was made possible through the generosity of Jenny Belzberg and her family.

At the heart of Mrs. Belzberg’s gift — one of the largest private gifts Banff Centre has ever received — is pride in Alberta and a deep appreciation for Banff Centre’s vital role as Canada’s largest postgraduate arts school. The revitalization project has improved audience experience, and ensures that Banff Centre is able to meet the needs of artists who use it for education, creation, and presentation of their work.

More information about the revitalization project is here.

In the coming seasons, Banff Centre will proudly showcase artistic talent and creativity in the revitalized space, with state-of-the-art acoustics and technology.

We hope to see you back again soon to take in all that Banff Centre has to offer, including upcoming performances in the new Jenny Belzberg Theatre.

Janice Price