Staircase Theatre, Thein-person Doors Open Hamilton

  • In-person
  • 2023 theme: Food
  • Food vendors
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
Staircase Theatre, The

The Staircase Theatre has been a multi-purpose arts incubator for decades. Site of the former Hamilton Hydro Dundurn substation, the 1914 building combines large windows, decorative brick, a large overhanging cornice complete with dentil blocks, and an impressive beaux arts portico. Relay Coffee Roasters provides a friendly café atmosphere, and the various performing spaces house every type of entertainment.

The Staircase Theatre is an independent arts incubator under new management as People Under the Staircase. As Hamilton's premier alternative event space, it features live performance, music, video, games and theatre. The building is an adaptive reuse of a former power substation. Formerly known as the Dundurn Station, this 1914 beaux-arts-style building was decommissioned by Hamilton Hydro in 1996. The new venue was named after the cast iron spiral staircase on the interior. The classical detailing and fine craftsmanship of the former station reflects Hamilton’s importance as the Electric City of Canada in the early 20th century. To learn more about Hamilton's innovative electrical infrastructure and its early substations, check out the Power of Design exhibit. And, for Digital Doors Open, check out the video below to learn more.

Contact info

27 Dundurn Street North
Hamilton, Ontario


Year built: 1914; renovated 1996
Building type:Food and drinkTheatre
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style:Beaux arts

Dates/hours open

May 06, 10:00am - May 07, 04:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.