Howard Haas suggests that those suffering from the East Coast heat wave might think Vancouver! here’s Friends of the Boyd Weekly Update:
While recently on vacation in Vancouver, Michael Norris emailed photos of
two downtown historic movie theaters he spotted with pretty facades. Each
had their towering vertical signs and marquees lit up at night.
(1) The ORPHEUM was built in 1927 in a splendid neo-Baroque style. It was
the largest vaudeville movie palace ever built in Vancouver. In 1972, the
Orpheum was saved from becoming a multiplex, and was restored in 1977. A
National Heritage Site, with 2,688 seats, it hosts Vancouver’s orchestra,
choirs and other events including silent films accompanied by the theater’s
A photo of the gorgeous auditorium is linked here
The grand lobby is equally awesome!
More history and exterior photos are at
(2) Designed in the Art Moderne style, the 1332 seat VOGUE
http://www.voguetheatre.com/ opened in 1941 as a first run movie house. In
1988 it was restored. The Vogue now hosts many events including concerts and
the Vancouver International Film Festival. Photos of its pretty interior are
The colorful exterior can be seen here:
After 8 years of volunteering, we are all jealous that almost every city in
the United States and elsewhere has beat Philadelphia to the punch and
restored and reopened a historic movie palace! We are still working behind
the scenes to ensure the reopening of the Boyd Theater, and we will get from
here to there.
Howard B. Haas