Vancouver’s Pantages in serious danger of demolition

posted by CSWalczak on December 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — After years of planning and advocacy, the Pantages Theatre Arts Society is giving up on its efforts to save the 1907 Pantages Theatre (the first built by Alexander Pantages), citing the lack of support from government agencies. Heritage Vancouver is urging a letter writing campaign to encourage the City Council to take action as no developer proposal to-date will preserve the theater.

A “For Sale” sign has gone up on the Pantages. This is the signal that the current owner has been unable to come to an agreement with the city to restore the theatre after three years of planning and negotiations. Given the nature of Vancouver’s real estate climate and lack of heritage protection, if sold for development, this will likely mean the demolition of the Pantages theatre.

More information in Heritage Vancouver.

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seanjung on March 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

Such a sad state of affairs given that this theatre is of historical importance and is the oldest standing Pantages Theatre and oldest theatre still standing in Vancouver. An even older theatre, the Imperial was razed recently.

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