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Deal seeks public input to save Hollywood Theatre 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver council is hoping it can come up with a plan to save the historic Hollywood Theatre Wednesday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SILMARA ALBI)

Vancouver council is hoping it can come up with a plan to save the historic Hollywood Theatre Wednesday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SILMARA ALBI)

Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal is hoping public input and city staff can generate ideas to help save the Hollywood Theatre during Wednesday's council planning committee meeting.

The Broadway landmark features a 35 mm cinema and is one of the last of its kind in the province. Since news of its potential demise came to light a movement to save the theatre has begun.

“We want to make sure all the options are on the table for continuing to have it used as a theatre,” said Deal, who would like to see the building added to the Heritage Action Plan, which outlines how the city protects heritages sites.

“We’ve been trying to put people together with resources . . . to try to come up with a community plan.”

She said no suggestions have been proffered, yet “new language” in the plan would be specific to the theatre.

The plan recognizes there are already “many pressures” on commercial properties in the city. But its implementation would also depend on how amiable the theatre’s current owner is towards any suggestions brought forth.

Accepting densification of the site may also be part of the plan.

“We’d also be looking for a strong signal from the community that they would be open to accepting some additional density on the site,” Deal said.

The city recently passed a motion delaying an application to gut the theatre to begin its transformation into a fitness centre until January while its historical value is being assessed.

The 651-seat, art-deco theatre opened 78 years ago and currently houses a church. Developer Dino Bonnis bought the building in 2011 for $2.85 million.

 

 

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