Each month, the Vancouer Historical Society presents a talk of historical interest at the Vancouver Museum in Vanier Park. These events are free, and all are welcome. (NOTE: there are two events for the month of November)
On Hastings Street, just off Main, behind a rather unassuming façade is a jewel box of a space that is not only Vancouver's oldest surviving theatre but the oldest Pantages Theatre in North America. Erected in 1907, it was only the second purpose-built theatre constructed by Alexander Pantages of a chain that would number over 150 theatres. After many name changes and some alterations the theatre has been empty and neglected for an alarmingly long time, but there may be hope yet for the old house.
John Atkin will present the history of the Pantages Theatre and the surrounding theatre district which included the Princess, Empress, Avenue, Columbia and Imperial theatres at the November VHS meeting. Peter Fairchild, president of the Pantages Theatre Arts Society, will bring us up to date on the latest efforts to save the Pantages theatre.
John is an author (Vancouver Walks and SkyTrain Explorer) and conducts walking tours of Vancouver. He previously spoke at the VHS on the history of Kitsilano.
Official Website: http://www.vancouver-historical-society.ca/events.htm
Added by jmv on October 16, 2006