As one of the main cultural venues in the greater Kingston region, the Grand Theatre serves as the prime performing arts venue for professional and amateur performances presenting a wide variety of music, dance, drama, comedy, cirque and young audience programs, and is the home of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Due to COVID-19, the Kingston Grand Theatre has been closed since March 13, 2020. This includes all rental spaces at the Kingston Grand Theatre, including the Regina Rosen Auditorium, the Baby Grand, a black box theatre, two lounges used for receptions and art exhibits, as well as a lobby and backstage facilities.
Update: on October 26, 2020, the Baby Grand is set to reopen as a community rental space for live performances for small audiences of up to 20 people. The Regina Rosen Auditorium will remain closed to public performances until further notice. The Davies Lounge and Lobby are also unavailable for rental at this time.
Fees and Charges
Each year Kingston City Council approves a schedule of Fees and Charges related to the Grand Theatre. These costs are approved annually as part of the City's budget process and are typically subject to inflation. All fees listed are exclusive of application taxes unless otherwise noted and the new schedule of Fees and Charges takes effect every January 1.
Update: Due to COVID-19, the City has temporarily reduced rental fees for the Baby Grand until December 31, 2020. The fee reductions apply to Kingston Non-Profit Groups and Artists, Kingston Community Groups, and Commercial.
The temporary reduction of fees is based on a COVID-19 Response and Recovery – Year-End Projections Report that went to Council on Sept. 15, 2020 that gave the Commissioner of Business, Environment and Projects delegated authority to temporarily reduce drop-in recreation fees at City recreation facilities and rental fees at the Grand Theatre to reflect service levels due to COVID-19 between September 16th and December 31st, 2020. (Report Number 20-168).