Rent the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts for your next performance, rehearsal or event.

On this page:

  1. About
  2. Facility details
  3. Rent the Conrad Centre
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Operating model
  6. Photo gallery

About

The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts is a vibrant and dynamic cultural space in the heart of downtown Kitchener. The 24,000 square foot performing arts facility, located at 36 King Street West, includes a flexible 300-seat theatre, versatile rehearsal hall, four dressing rooms and a green room.

The Manfred and Penny Conrad Family Foundation generously donated the Conrad Centre to the City of Kitchener in 2021 to support performing arts in the community.

Watch the video below to learn more.


Facility details

These facilities are available at the Conrad Centre:

Warnock MacMillan Theatre

The Warnock MacMillan Theatre offers comfortable seating, flexible configuration, excellent sightlines, and an outstanding atmosphere for theatrical, musical or dance performances. The theatre is equipped with professional standard acoustic treatments:

  • The lighting grid consists of a general house plot with ten ETC Source 4’s to be used as specials, as needed.
  • The theatre is equipped with a state-of-the-art Meyer UPJ-1P speaker system processed by a Meyer Galileo 408. The mixer is an Allen and Heath GLD-80 digital sound console with digital snake.
  • The theatre features a Christie Digital 10K projector along with a Kramer VP728 Video Switcher & 16X9 aspect ratio motorized screen (projector available in Thrust configuration only).
  • The theatre features a sprung floor, providing the ideal surface for showcasing all styles of dance performances.

PLEASE NOTE: The option to configure the theatre may be dependent on other users who may be using the space within a 24-hour period.

ConfigurationStage length *Stage width *HeightSeating capacityMaximum room occupancy
Thrust configuration 30' 30' 20' 260 400
Proscenium ** 32' 34' 20' 310 400
Black box ** 79'10" 56'5" 20' 400 400

* the stage length and width are variable, depending on whether additional seating has been set out. Height is measured to the lightning grip where present.

** the default seating configuration of the theatre is Proscenium position. The theatre can be adjusted to any of the other configurations listed above for an associated fee.

Backstage

The rental of the Warnock MacMillan Theatre also includes four dressing rooms, two of which have large change rooms and are each equipped with a shower, washrooms and lockers. A “green room” and an office space with internet access are also available for use during the rental period.

Blair Rehearsal Hall

The Blair Rehearsal Hall is suitable for rehearsals, dance or music classes, readings, receptions, lectures and other intimate gatherings. It can comfortably accommodate up to a total of 100 people (75 seated). It offers a footprint that mirrors the Warnock MacMillan Theatre, with the following features:

  • 13’ high ceilings
  • a sprung floor
  • a 35’ long mirrored wall

The space has these dimensions:

  • stage length: 39'10"
  • stage width: 35'7"
  • height: 13'

Rent the Conrad Centre

Send us an email if you have any questions or to learn about rental rates and availability.

Fill out our online form to request a rental.

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Parking and transit

However you get downtown, there are options available:

Transit

Hop off the ION at either the Frederick or Queen station for a quick walk. The City Hall and Victoria Park stations are a short walk away, as well.

These GRT bus routes stop nearby:

Vehicle and bike parking

Parking is available in the Duke & Ontario parking garage, as well as other City of Kitchener parking lots around Downtown Kitchener. Visit our parking locations page to find somewhere to park.

Secure bike parking is available in the Duke & Ontario parking garage.

You can pay for parking in surface lots through the Passport Parking appDownload the app, available both on iOS & Android.

Plan your route

Check road closures on your route before coming downtown.


Operating model

We're developing a long-term operating model for the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. We want to hear from you about your experiences at the Conrad Centre and other arts and entertainment venues.

Visit our Engage Kitchener page to tell us how we can make the most of the centre's facilities and support the performing arts in our community.


Photo gallery

Get a sense of the space using the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Conrad Centre will appear here on the public site.