Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stanley Theatre, Vancouver

The Stanley Theatre on Granville Street is one of the few remaining community theatres in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. This handsome Moorish style art deco building first opened as a movie house in December 1930 and screened films for over sixty years before financial problems forced it to close its doors in 1991. Fortunately, the Stanley escaped commercial redevelopment, and it was renovated as a stage theatre in 1997–1998. The theatre was subsequently designated a protected heritage building, and it now hosts musicals and classical productions from around the globe.

You will find this image in my Vancouver Heritage Buildings gallery. This collection is a work in progress. During the coming months, I plan to photograph more of Vancouver's heritage and other historical buildings, many of which are being threatened by the city's real estate boom and uncaring developers.