Grandview Theatre

1730 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: Henry Holdsby Simmonds

Functions: Retail

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Grandview Theatre

The El Sureno Market is currently located at this address.

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seanjung on August 5, 2008 at 5:20 am

The Grandview Theater was opened in 1929 until 1959, often showing 2nd run films. Famous Players owned the theater until the building was sold and converted to a furniture store. Subsequent remodels included adding rows of windows on the second floor. The building today is essentially the shell of the former theater, but sadly gutted of all its original interior.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

A book published in 2001, “Neon Eulogy: Vancouver CafĂ© and Street,” by Keith McKellar, attributes the design of the Grandview Theatre to architect Henry Holdsby Simmonds. It also attributes to Simmonds the design of a theater called the Olympia, presumably also in Vancouver, but I can’t find that house listed at Cinema Treasures.

seanjung on October 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

Joe: Olympia Theatre was a theatre built in 1939 and had over 900 seats. It stood at the corner of East Hastings and Nanaimo but it was demolished to make way for the construction of a new Royal Bank. The former Royal Bank branch still stands across the street. The Olympia was once part of the Odeon chain until going Independent. Then it stood empty for years until it was revived as the Roxy in the 80’s for two years. The Roxy closed and the theatre was resurrected as the Olympia following the Ridge Theatre’s format but it was shortlived.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

seanjung: Thanks for the update. Since I posted my earlier comment, a page for the Olympia has been added to Cinema Treasures. It is listed under the name Roxy Theatre.

TomBlackwell on November 29, 2019 at 4:02 am

Additional information here: Some of it does not match earlier comments.

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