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It was known as the Olympia until at least 1982. As I recall it was renamed the Roxy when it became a Landmark Theater along with the Towne and the Savoy.
The (now demolished) White Spot was on the 500 block of W. Georgia, not the site of the Strand.
That White Spot was once “Scott’s Cafe” into the early ‘80s
Orpheum opened March 17 1913
Lyric opened July 26 1935
International Cinema closed December 10 1960
Lyric opened November 6 1964
Lyric closed March 23 1969
The offices first appear in the 1915 Vancouver City directory.
Caligula was the first movie when the name changed to Towne. I uploaded a Vancouver Sun clipping.
Google bernice gerard towne for a July 1981 protest
November 10 1938 Mayor Miller Opens New West End Picture House
Owned and operated by Bay Theatres Ltd. Capacity 760. Simplex E7 Projectors. Latest Scientific Sound Reproduction…
Plaza opened Wednesday, September 2 1936
Summer of ‘77, time to dress warmly and see if this “Star Wars” is really “The Year’s Best Movie”…
July 8 1964. $200,000 later The Coronet opens. Striking Decor? Must have been removed in ‘76 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qpVlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TooNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4089%2C1808457
March 1963, the Odeon opened with Lawrence of Arabia. I didn’t attend, but did make a point of attending the first matinee at the Plaza in 1988. Lawrence of Arabia 6 or was it Police Academy 6?
Anyone interested history should read this.. scroll right. Plaza->Odeon Paradise->Coronet. Next? Nova->Totem. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q5VlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TooNAAAAIBAJ&pg=7286%2C1999246
919 Granville was once again “Studio” between Towne and Paradise.. no giant S though http://vancouverneon.com/images3/herzog/studio1958.jpg