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Odeon Theatre exterior

Opened as the Maple Leaf Electric Theatre on March 17, 1908. Following a remodel by architect Thomas L. Kerr it became the Plaza Theatre on September 2, 1936 with William Powell in “Escapade”. This 925-seat movie house was renamed the Odeon on March 20, 1963, when it was acquired by the theatre chain of the same name.

Closed in 1991, the Odeon was reopened in 1997, but within a year, was closed once more.

In 1999, the former theatre was converted into a two-level nightclub/live performance space, its marquee retained, called the Plaza Club. Renovations were carried out in the Summer of 2009, and it reopened as The Venue, a nightclub and concert venue.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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rl_83
rl_83 on October 17, 2011 at 3:58 am

At some point under Cineplex’s ownership ( could have been 1984 ) They converted the Park to platter and moved the second Victoria 10 projector to the then Odeon, later Plaza.

This was done to allow a move over house from the other cinemas with 70MM product.

KathleenA
KathleenA on January 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

ScreenClassic’s rendition of the history is correct.

Splashcat66
Splashcat66 on February 23, 2013 at 6:01 am

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

Splashcat66
Splashcat66 on July 17, 2013 at 2:00 am

Plaza opened Wednesday, September 2 1936

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jPRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3363%2C30387

rivest266
rivest266 on February 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

September 1st, 1936 grand opening ad can be found at the photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm

October 15, 1973 photo added credit Vancouver Archives CVA 800-0438.

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