881 Granville Street,
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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.
Architects: Thomas L. Kerr
Functions: Concerts, Nightclub
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Maple Leaf Electric Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Odeon Theatre, Plaza Club
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.
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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
Plaza opened Wednesday, September 2 1936
September 1st, 1936 grand opening ad can be found at the photo section.
October 15, 1973 photo added credit Vancouver Archives CVA 800-0438.
This opened on March 17th, 1908 as the Maple Leaf Electric Theatre. Maple Leaf Electric Theatre opening Tue, Mar 17, 1908 – Page 10 · Vancouver Daily World (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
September 1st, 1936 Plaza theatre opening Tue, Sep 1, 1936 – 5 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
Reopened as the Odeon theatre on March 20th, 1963
Odeon Theatre opening Wed, Mar 20, 1963 – 36 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
Reopened as Plaza by Famous Players on March 18th, 1988 Dunbar, Plaza, and Varsity reopenings Fri, Mar 18, 1988 – 75 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
^^ I was at the 2:45 PM showing of Police Academy 5 at the Plaza on March 18 1988.
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