Theatre & Performing Arts
A traditional dancer performs at a festival (Dannielle Hayes photo)
In the past few decades, Cranbrook has gained a performing arts reputation in the Kootenay Rockies.
Two performance venues, the Key City Theatre and the Stage Door, are located in the downtown core.
The Key City Theatre
This modern theatre opened its doors in 1992, and has staged everything from local high school musicals to professional touring productions by Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre. With a seating capacity of 600, it's an excellent spot to catch dance, music and drama shows. An art gallery in the upstairs lobby presents the work of local and regional artists.
In summer, however, lovers of live theatre will have to travel to the Wild Horse Theatre in Fort Steele Heritage Town – the Key City Theatre is on vacation for the months of July and August.
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Fort Steele, British Columbia
With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.