Hastings Odeon

20 W. Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B

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Alexander Pantages began building a 2nd Pantages theater in 1914, but suspended construction due to shortages from the war. Building was resumed in 1916 and in 1917 it was officially opened as a vaudeville house. Charlie Chaplin, Gypsy Lee Rose, Jack Dempsey and others would have performances here.

It later became the Beacon, the Majestic, and finally Hastings Odeon. With the building under decay, Odeon decided to sell the building to a parking lot operator who thus razed the building, under much public protest, to make way for an parking lot which is still operating to this day. Sadly, the only remnant remaining of the original theater is a small bricked portion on the Hastings Street frontage.

Contributed by Sean Jung

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seanjung
seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Here are some photos of the theater:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Mike Rivest posted this 1950 newspaper ad on his site:
http://tinyurl.com/lfleq5

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

The November 19, 1921, issue of The Music Trade Review reported that a Robert-Morton organ would be installed in the Pantages Theatre at Vancouver. I’m not sure if this was done then or not, as the PSTOS page for the Pantages says a Robert-Morton was installed in the house in 1925.

seanjung
seanjung on March 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Chuck1231: The photo you show was the Odeon Theatre that was on Granville Street. The Hastings Odeon was on Hastings Street directly across from the old Rex Theatre (now Army & Navy). This Hastings Odeon is best known as the second Pantages Theatre erected in Vancouver.

seanjung
seanjung on October 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

There’s a new building on the site of the old Pantages aka Beacon, Majestic and Hastings Odeon. It’s ironic that the one feet wide bricked section of the old theatre is still there between the two buildings.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 2, 2012 at 5:35 am

Two pictures from the City of Vancouver archives, one showing the installation of the new signage converting the theatre to the Odeon Hastings and the other of the theatre as the Majestic. View link

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ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on July 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Here’s another photo of the Majestic, taken around September 1965 (which indicates the theatre was still open then, but would close shortly thereafter):

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