Venue Information


The Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office will be officially closed to the public as of 6pm on March 18, 2020 until further notice. You can purchase tickets on-line anytime under the "BUY TICKETS" tab. If you have questions about the online process, please send an email to

The production of events is subject to the policies of Dalhousie University, as well as the government of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines, which are subject to change. Please continue to check our websiteleading up to your event for information on any COVID-19 self-assessments, contact tracing requirements, event-specific details, and any other policies in place at the time that will be important to consider before arrival.

If you have tickets to a non-Symphony NS show that has been cancelled or cannot attend a show that has been rescheduled and require a refund, please email or call 902-494-6406 to leave a message. A skeleton crew will continue to work remotely, and will get back to you about your refund, but it may take some time.

If you have tickets to a Symphony NS show that has been cancelled, please email or call 902-421-1300 to leave a message. Again, Symphony NS staff are working remotely and may take quite some time to respond, but they will do so.

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you sometime in the future


The following information may not apply during our closure

The Rebecca Cohn is a well-equipped 1,023 seat proscenium concert hall that was built in 1971. The Cohn features two levels with 805 orchestra seats and 218 balcony seats.

View the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Seating Map



The are several parking lots near the Arts Centre with parking availability as show on this map. Free parking is available at all Dalhousie General Permit lots between 4:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. The lots closest to the Arts Centre are on Henry Street at the Central Services Building, the large lot by the Sir James Dunn building accessible from Coburg Road and the spots on Alumni Crescent off South Street. 

A covered and heated parkade with hourly paid parking is located in the Marion McCain Building on Seymour Street, across from the Arts Centre. It has a Pay and Park Dispenser and is open to visitors evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. To avoid a parking ticket, the display card must be clearly visible inside your car's windshield.

There is no overnight parking in any of our lots. 

Street parking on University Avenue is no longer available due to a new protected bike lane.

Parking Map

Bars and concessions

Most performances offer liquor, wine, beer, soft drinks, assorted juices, candy bars and chips in the lobby. Purchases are cash only and an ATM machine is located in the lobby. No food or drinks are permitted inside the auditorium.

Coat check

Coat check services are available in the lobby.


Restrooms are located on the second and fourth floors of the Arts Centre (one floor down and one floor up from the lobby). Both restrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair accessible family washroom located on the second floor of the Arts Centre

Ushering staff

Can't find your seat? Have a question? Our ushering staff is available at all performances to help point you in the right direction.

Box office

The Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office is generally open two hours prior to  performances for "Will Call" ticket pickup.

  • Ticket prices include applicable taxes.
  • Handling fees apply to phone and web sales
  • No refunds

Patrons requiring accommodation

The Arts Centre is committed to making the arts accessible to all. We are pleased to offer the following services for all performances:

  • Infrared Listening Aids - To enhance the enjoyment of those with hearing impairment, listening aids may be obtained free of charge from an usher. A piece of identification is required for deposit.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility - The Arts Centre is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp to the front doors and automatic doors to assist in entering the building. Washrooms are also wheelchair accessible. There are a number of spaces designed to meet the needs of patrons in wheelchairs. When you purchase your tickets, please be sure to let the Box Office staff know that you'll require a wheelchair seat for the performance.

Service animals - pets are not permitted inside the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Service animals are welcome and may accompany patrons. Please contact or call 902-494-6406 to leave a message regarding this. 

Lost and found

The Arts Centre operates a lost and found out of the Administration Office. This office is closed during the closure. 

House policies

To make your experience positive, we have established a House Etiquette. Your courtesty and cooperation with the following items helps to ensure the comfort and enjoyment for all our guests.

Door opening

Our building is open from 8 a.m. until 12 a.m. The auditorium doors generally open a half hour prior to show time, or at the discretion of the House Manager.


For minimum disruption, late arrivals will be held in the vestibule until an appropriate break in the program, as determined by the show's management or producers.

No scents

Dalhousie University endeavors to be a scent-free environment. Many patrons have severe allergies to scents so, please refrain from wearing scented products to events.

Cameras and recording devices

The use of photography or any other recording devices (including cell phones) is prohibited at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium during all performances. Please be courteous and silence all cell phones and other electronic devices before the performance begins.

Babies and small children

For general audience performances, children under the age of two years old are not permitted to attend. For shows specifically programmed for young children, tickets must be purchased for any child two years of age or older who is attending a performance (even if they will not be using their seat). Student pricing will apply for all children (even if they are pre-school age).


The Dalhousie Arts Centre is a smoke-free facility.