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National Arts Centre

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53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went there to see the Remembrance Day service. The building is very large with many latrines throughout. The cafe is very expensive, but the coffees and hot chocolates are very nice.

Thank LegoDad77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for our first large production since the NAC was renovated last year. Sound was great. Main seating area seemed more spacious, probably because of the added alleys. Not so much in the nosebleed section, where they had less options. Room temperature was an issue...More

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I love going here. When I come to visit Ottawa, i always check to see what's playing. Broadway, dance, orchestra...a wide variety of programming is available. I love the recent renovations and the fact there are no bad seats in the house. The staff is...More

Thank Luvsalaugh
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Ugly brutalist style building as cold and unattractive as the city that it's in. Would not return. Too much french programming.

Thank coalharborvan
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Having been a client since 1971, the changes to the Centre have made it more friendly with its open everyday public spaces. The orchestra has now a sound space worthy of its abilities and the audience can at last appreciate how good this orchestra really...More

Thank Da6dL
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Truly, an incredible experience. All seats in Southam Hall are comfortable with good sight lines. The new orchestra shell is amazing and allows the orchestra to sound even better - if that is possible. The conductor, Alexander Shelley, is warm, engaging, and funny. He obviously...More

Thank CathyV63
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This was the revised show which was not as good as the original but I still enjoyed it. Not crazy about the seats. I liked the old theatre better. Better to get seats on the main floor than the balconies as they are extremely cramped.

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 24 June 2018

The National Arts Centre has some great public spaces you can rest at for a while during sightseeing. It provides cozy furniture and a drinking fountain. Moreover, you can use the sockets and charge your phone or enjoy a (incredibly cheap) coffee at the café.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I'm so happy to be subscribing with the NAC for a 2nd season. I've so enjoyed the performances of the orchestra. I've heard the classics I adore and some new composers that I'll never forget. I look forward to their ongoing efforts to improve the...More

Thank Tony I
Reviewed 24 February 2018

As a facility it is decent for Ottawa standards, but the quality isn't comparable to Toronto, Montreal or NYC. At one time Opera Lyra produced two operas per year that were poorly attended due to the very mediocre talent which resulted in a lack of...More

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