Not all the 1,800 seats were taken in Vancouver’s former Centre for the Performing Arts on launch Sunday, Sept. 29, but only a few chairs were vacant as the Westside Church held its first service downtown, in the heart of the city. “The Centre” is Westside’s new home.
Centre for Performing Arts
A Vancouver church, started in a Kitsilano movie theatre in 2005, is excited to have a permanent home. Westside Church purchased the 1,800-seat Centre for the Performing Arts, a live theatre venue downtown near Vancouver’s library square. The first official service was slated to be held in The Centre Sept. 29, 2013. Westside pastor Norm Funk said when the opportunity to acquire the building arose, church leaders looked at their current and future rental costs and saw the advantage to ownership. The church was renting meeting space on Granville Island and office space on West Broadway.