Vancouver Heritage Foundation paid a grant to restore Hollywood theatre’s historic facade earlier this year. (Courtesy Vancouver Heritage Foundation)
VANCOUVER (BCIT NEWS) – The upcoming movie night may be the last time the screen lights up at Vancouver’s historic Hollywood Theatre.
Vancouver Heritage Foundation has been organizing movie nights at the Hollywood since the spring of 2013. Showings were organized with the help of the Church at Hollywood, which has occupied the building since the theater’s closure in
Most films in the series shared themes inspired by Vancouver’s history and architecture. All admission and concession at the movie nights has been by donation.
The foundation also gave a grant for restoration of the theatre’s historic façade earlier this year. Most of the money has already been spent for painting the building and restoring one of the oldest neon signs in Vancouver – a city once known as Canada’s Neon Capital.
Heritage Foundation executive director Judith Mosley says the foundation would be sorry to lose the historic theater.
“It’s a historic building, it is on the heritage register for Vancouver. We would really like to see a use continue for the Hollywood that is compatible with retaining the historic theatre, including the interior,” Mosley says. “Certainly we’d really like to see that happen, and would hope for a positive solution around that.”
Mosley says more people have been coming out to what was already a popular event since the possibility of the Hollywood’s closure.
The last movie night is planned for on November 26, and will show a 1949 film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead.
This article originally appeared on the BCIT News website on November 19, 2013. Read this and other stories by Olsy Sorokina here.