Venue Information


COVID-19 Protocols and Considerations

In accordance with Nova Scotia Public Health policy for events open to the public:

  • Proof of vaccination is required to be shown at Front of House
  • Photo ID is required to be shown with your proof of vaccination
  • Face masks are required inside all public buildings

Please be patient with staff and others as the checking of proof of vaccination and ID is a new process for everyone, and required by law

Please arrive early to accommodate the extra time needed to check for proof of vaccination and allow ample opportunity to find parking. For your convenience, the Box Office and auditorium will open one hour before show time

Dalhousie has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, and we've upgrated the ventilation system during our recent renovation

Hand sanitizer is readily available at stations throughout the building, including just inside the main entrance on University Avenue

By entering the Dalhousie Arts Centre, you are acknowledging that you recognize the contagious nature of COVID-19, and voluntarily assume any associated risk. We ask that you conduct a self-screening before entering the building and contact the Box Office immediately regarding your tickets if you say yes to any of the following:

  • Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you been directed to self-isolate?
  • In the last 14 days, have you had close contact (within 2 metres / 6 feet) with someone confirmed to have COVID-19?
  • Are you waiting for COVID-19 testing results?

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer coat check or refreshment services

Ushers are available to help you find your seats, and we ask that patrons remain seated and masked for the duration of the performance

Events are 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 this page leading up to your event for information on policies in place at the time that will be important to consider before arrival. 

Have more questions about NS Public Health proof of vaccination requirements? Nova Scotia has a guide with more details. For a broader list of restrictions and guidance from the province, visit their website

Learn about Dalhousie University's COVID-19 information and updates here

General Information

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.

Box office

The Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling (902) 494-3820 during regular Box Office hours

You can purchase tickets online 24/7; if you have questions about the online process, please call us at (902) 494-3820 or send us an email at cohntix@dal.ca

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

Ticket prices include applicable taxes.

Handling fees apply to ticket sales

We do not issue refunds on tickets purchased, unless a performance is cancelled. Please check your tickets carefully at the time of purchase to ensure they are for the correct performance date and time.

View the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Seating Map

Parking

The Dalhousie Arts Centre is located at 6101 University Avenue

The preferred entrance to gain access to the Arts Centre is currently the University Avenue (front) doors which are equipped with an improved accessible ramp and a barrier-free door

Easy evening and weekend parking is available in two nearby parkades. Click here for more details regarding parking on campus or check out this Parking Map

For city parking options, please see their website

Please note that the area behind the Dalhousie Arts Centre is undergoing construction, and there may be occasional disruptions in the area

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on the second and fourth floors of the Arts Centre (one floor down and one floor up from the lobby). These restrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair accessible, all-gender, family restroom located on the second floor of the Arts Centre

Bars and concessions

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer bar and concessions services at this time

Coat check

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer coat check services at this time

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.

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. Restrooms 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 aryerson@dal.ca or call 902-494-2667 to leave a message regarding this. 

Lost and found

If you have something to report as lost or found, please email aryerson@dal.ca or call (902) 494-2667 to leave a message.


House policies

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

Door opening

Auditorium doors generally open an hour prior to show time, or at the discretion of the House Manager

Proof of vaccination and accompanying ID is required to be shown at the entrance of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. For more guidance, please see this guide from the Government of Nova Scotia

Please arrive early to provide extra time for proof of vaccination to be verified

Masks

Face masks must be worn at all times in indoor common spaces, including the auditorium, lobby, and restrooms. 

You may remove your mask briefly while eating and drinking, providing you are stationary and observing a safe physical distance from others

For more guidance on Nova Scotia's mask policies, click here

Latecomers

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. 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).

Exiting the auditorium

We ask that you dispose of any garbage and unwanted programmes as you leave the Arts Centre; garbage and recycling receptacles have been placed around the building for your convenience

Need to call a cab? There is a red phone in the lobby near the main entrance which provides a direct link between patrons and a local taxi service

Smoking

The Dalhousie Arts Centre is a smoke-free facility.

Those who wish to smoke are asked to leave university property as Dalhousie is a no-smoking university