Paradise Theatre

919 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3

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Paradise Theatre

Originally opened as the Studio Theatre on March 30, 1949 with Michael Denison in “My Brother Jonathan”. In 1972 it was renamed Eve Theatre. It was renamed Lyric Theatre in 1978. Later going back to its Studio Theatre name, then became Vancouver’s 2nd Paradise Theatre in March 1989. Operating as a second-run movie theatre, it was closed in around February 2000.

It was converted into a nightclub named ‘Tonic’, by 2013 it had become a bar named Joe’s Apartment. In 2015 it was operating as a nightclub named ‘Studio’.

Contributed by Ken Moffatt

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

hermangotlieb on August 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Joe’s Apartment has now become “The Studio” once again! The new owners have opened The Studio Records which is a night club/record store that lovingly recreates the original “Studio” neon sign.

It’s still not a movie theatre but it adds some much needed retro-style neon to the Granville strip.

DavidZornig on April 8, 2017 at 7:51 am

1959 photo as the Studio added via Paul Walton.

DavidZornig on April 30, 2018 at 9:38 pm

March 1972 photo added credit Curt Lang. Vancouver Public Library 85922F

rivest266 on November 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Opened as Studio on March 29th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on November 25, 2018 at 9:45 am

Reopened as Lyric on August 31st, 1984. Another ad posted.

SnoozeKing on August 15, 2019 at 6:34 pm

When I moved to Vancouver in 1975, 919 Granville was the location of the Eve, a porn theatre. There was another porn house, the Golden Kitten, farther up Granville and a third, the Venus, on Main near Prior. I didn’t go to the Eve or Venus but visited the Golden Kitten once and the stench (urine, feces, vomit, semen) was overpowering. Last I heard, the Venus was a crackhouse before being demolished. No great loss.

DavidZornig on September 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Late `50s photo added courtesy Old Canada Series Facebook page.

DavidZornig on July 6, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Circa 1972 photo as Eve Theatre added courtesy David Banks.

DavidZornig on November 15, 2020 at 11:43 am

1981 protest of “Caligula” at Towne Cinema.

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