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Exploring Vancouver’s glow-in-the-dark past

How the rise and fall of the neon capital of Canada affects our discussion of city heritageImage

Vancouver’s tumultuous relationship with neon signs has been a subject of much discussion over the years, in both academic and popular platforms. Once the Neon Capital of Canada, the only remnants of the city’s once vibrant sign culture are the few restored signs and the infamous “Great White Way” of Granville Street.

Neon history of Vancouver was once again a topic of discussion at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation movie night showing of Glowing in the Dark, a 1997 documentary produced & directed by two local talents, Harry Killas and Alan Goldman. The film was shown in the venue formerly known as Hollywood theatre, which can suitably be found by means of one of the oldest neon signs in the West Side.

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