Raja Cinema Commercial

639 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC V5L 3W3

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Opened in 1913 as the Alcazar Theatre it was built with full stage facilities and was designed by architect John McCarter.

It was re-named York Theatre and became the home of the Vancouver Little Theatre for 54 years. In the 1940’s the facade was given a streamline Art Moderne' style remodel.

In later more recent years it became a cinema, known as the Raja Cinema Commercial. It was operated by Raja Cinemas and showed Indian movies. This has now closed and by 2008, the building is threatened with demolition.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2006 at 5:44 pm

This is a recent photo of the Raja Cinema Commercial.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 29, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Here is a 2007 close up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2007 at 9:38 pm

A more recent photo of the Raja Cinema Commercial can be seen here.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 29, 2008 at 8:35 am

I found this… Looks like it is in danger of being torn down

Also known as the york. I would like to see interior pictures.

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diaphenia
diaphenia on August 17, 2008 at 2:11 am

I am watching the third season of The 4400 on DVD and the Raja is shown in it, including interiors. Very pretty theatre on the inside; could use some work on the outside.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 4, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Finally some happy news to report!

This theatre is to be preserved and will reopen as a performing arts centre.

info is here. View link

Brian

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

A great article with the buildings history is here.

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