Venue Information

COVID-19 Protocols and Considerations

In accordance with Dalhousie University policies, masks are no longer formally required when attending public* events at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, including the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Masks are welcome in indoor spaces and are strongly recommended in gathering spaces where physical distancing may be difficult. 

*PLEASE NOTEThe Fountain School of Performing Arts will require masks for all audience members attending any of their performances, masterclasses, or workshops (respecting Dalhousie University’s Covid protocols which state masks are required in all indoor classes and educational spaces and are intended to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students). 

Proof of Vaccination requirements have been lifted as per Public Health recommendation for discretionary events as of February 28, 2022.

Dalhousie has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, and we've upgraded 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.

Events in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium are sold at full capacity. 

Concessions (bar and candy cart services) have moved back to the main level. 

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. 

Please be patient with staff and others, as not everyone will have the same degree of comfort as restrictions lift, and we ask that you please respect the personal choices of those around you. 

For a broader list of restrictions and guidance from the province, visit Nova Scotia Public Health's COVID-19 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.

To learn more about accessibility and accommodations at the Arts Centre, please visit our Accessibility page. 

Box office

Tickets can be purchased in-person at 6101 University Avenue or over the phone by calling (902) 494-3820 during regular Box Office hours (Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm).

You can purchase tickets 24/7 via our fast, convenient ticketing system

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.

If you have a promotional code (such as a presale code), go to BUY TICKETS and enter the code in the "Promotional Code" box. Once you have entered the code and clicked “Go”, scroll to the date of your chosen show. Shows on presale will not show up in the BUY TICKETS events listing unless a valid presale code has been entered. 

View the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Seating Map


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

For information regarding parking on campus, including easy evening and weekend parking in two nearby parkades, visit Dalhousie Security Services. Dalhousie also has a Campus Accessibility Map which helps identify accessible parking spaces and buildings. 

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 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

Most performances offer liquor, wine, beer, soft drinks, and assorted juices. Purchases at the bar can be made using cash, debit, or credit (Mastercard, Visa, American Express). Concessions are cash only and an ATM machine is located in the lobby. No food or drinks are permitted inside the auditorium.

Coat check

We are not offering 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. Please visit our Accessibility page for further details. 

Lost and found

If you have something to report as lost or found, please email 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 will generally open 30 minutes 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 time 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


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