An acoustical and architectural jewel, Centre In The Square, was designed by Rieder, Hymmen and Lobban, and opened in September, 1980. The cost to build The Centre was just over $11 million.
The focal point of the spacious building is the Raffi Armenian Theatre, one of North America's most expansive, acoustically- superior halls. Specially-designed to deliver optimal acoustics, performers rave about how they are heard with the same warmth and brilliance in the very last row as in the first.
The 2,047-seat design offers exceptional, unobstructed views of the stage, which is one of the largest stages in North America. As well, The Centre offers state-of-the-art sound, lights and theatrical systems. In addition, a design priority was to facilitate recording and broadcasting.
Every year, approximately 190,000 audience members attend a variety of events including everything from dance, symphony, international stars, children's performers, mega-musicals, comedians, to magic and more!
Owned by the City of Kitchener, The Centre was incorporated in 1981 as a corporation without share capital. The Centre is governed by a 14-member board, which includes the mayor, three city councillors, and eight citizens appointed by Kitchener City Council.