Getting Here

Location

All ATP plays are performed at the Martha Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons.

The most direct entrance to the theatre is from the North side of the building, off of 8th Avenue, next to Olympic Plaza.

The Martha Cohen Theatre
Arts Commons
215 8 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 0K8

Alberta Theatre Projects Administration & Daytime Ticket Office
Arts Commons
220 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 5C4

Access to the ATP Administration Offices is from the +15 level of Arts Commons between the Jack Singer Concert Hall and the City of Calgary Municipal Building.



Parking

There are many parking options close to the Martha Cohen Theatre & Alberta Theatre Projects offices.

When multiple events are taking place in Arts Commons parking in the area becomes quite congested, so we advise guests to plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before their showtime.

Street Parking:

  • On-street parking is limited in the Calgary’s downtown core (rates vary by zone, all free after 6pm and on Sundays)

Parkades:

Bike Parking:

The Martha Cohen Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects are easily accessible from downtown Calgary’s cycle track network.

Bike racks are located in front of the Martha Cohen Theatre, and along 8th avenue outside Ca’Puccini and the Jack Singer Concert Hall.


Public Transportation

Nearest C-Train Stops: 1 block walk to the theatre

  • Centre Street Station (Eastbound)
  • City Hall Station (Westbound)

Nearest Bus Stops:

  • Eastbound: 9 Ave SE @ Macleod Trail
  • Westbound: 6 Ave SE @ 1 Street SE
  • Southbound: 1 Street SE @ 8 Ave SE
  • Northbound: Macleod Trail @  7 Ave SE

For more information on Calgary Transit including routes, detours and stop closures, please visit Calgary Transit.


About the Theatre

The Martha Cohen Theatre’s Georgian design takes inspiration from a time when homes were built around an internal courtyard. In that time, traveling theatre groups could perform in the outside space, with audiences hanging out their windows for a view of the action below.

This design has allowed the Martha Cohen Theatre to maintain the intimacy of ATP’s original home, the Canmore Opera House at Heritage Park. Despite the Martha Cohen Theatre’s full house of 419 seats, no audience member is further from the stage than in the Opera House. Seats wrap around the stage in a semi-circle arrangement, providing a variety of audience sight lines.

The Martha Cohen Theatre is an extraordinarily versatile and modern space, equipped with computerized lighting and sound, a fly gallery, wing space equal to the performing area, an under stage for trap doors, and five elevators on the stage which change the size and shape of the set. With each show, the orchestra section of the audience seating can be moved to provide theatre-in-the-round, promenade theatre, thrust staging or cabaret settings.

Our theatre is named for Dr. Martha Cohen, one of the individuals who spearheaded the development and building of the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts.