Theatres in Early Vancouver

In 1927, there were theatres everywhere that showed a variety of entertainment, plays and Vaudeville - although Vaudeville was beginning to take its last breath in the late 20s. 

The Dominion theatre showed silent films, and the posters show an interest in British films. It was built in 1911, located in the 900 block of Granville Street. It was extensively renovated with only the frame of the building remaining, which now houses the Caprice Nightclub (recently closed). The ceiling inside was a marvelous glass and mirrored ceiling, as shown in the photo above. 

The Capitol Theatre was located at 820 Granville, and it opened in 1921. In 1977 the building was rebuilt as a multi-plex cinema, but that has been completely replaced by the patchwork of mall, business, and residential buildings in that location. 

The second Orpheum Theatre opened in November of 1927, after the estimated date of these found posters. Therefore, the poster above advertising the "Trelawny of the Wells" would have been for the first Orpheum. It was located at 761 Granville, and in 1969 it was demolished to begin creating the Pacific Centre. 

The Rio Theatre in the 30's

I was reflecting on the loss of these theatres, that the buildings weren't preserved, and today there is a chance to save a theatre from demolition with the Rio Theatre. The fundraising battle is currently being waged, and I hope they get enough support so it can continue to be a community hub, an independent theatre. If you're interested in learning more and helping out, check out I hope it can be saved, and in the future someone like myself would have a different experience of researching. 

I also wonder why most of these theatres weren't saved or preserved in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and so on. Why didn't people put up a bigger fight, or why wasn't the historical value recognized? Is it because there were so many theatres and venues for all kinds of entertainment, that if one was lost, it didn't seem like a big deal? The Rio is a unique place in Vancouver today. People are fighting for it.