The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts officially opened in October 1997 as the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre. In support of the institution's performing arts programs, the 372 seat theatre was built as a much needed performance space designed to nurture and showcase the university's emerging artists. The centre has evolved to encompass a broad range of artistic programming including the founding and production of several distinct series including the CapU Jazz Series, CapU Global Roots Series, CapU Classical/Choral Series, CapU Theatre Series, CapU Speaker Series and the North Shore Jazz Series presented in partnership with the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In June 2011, The Capilano Performing Arts Theatre became the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. The name changed in September 2013 to The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.