The 651-seat Kitsilano landmark is believed to be the oldest family-owned theatre in the land.
On Oct. 24, 1935, which was Thanksgiving Day, moviegoers flocked to Vancouver’s newest cinema to watch a program featuring shorts and two features – Lightning Strikes Twice, a comedy starring Ben Lyon and Thelma Todd, and Life Begins at Forty, featuring the humourist Will Rogers as an easygoing newspaper publisher battling heartless bankers, undoubtedly a popular storyline for Depression audiences. (The beloved Rogers had died in a plane wreck in Alaska two months earlier.)
Tickets cost 10 cents, with another nickel charged to sit in the balcony.
The Hollywood is celebrating the anniversary with a three-day celebration this weekend. Lights will be set up on the street to illuminate the night sky, while volunteer actors dressed as old-time ushers will serve wine and canapÃ©s. A candy girl will circulate. The Friday to Sunday double bill features 2010 release The American (starring George Clooney) and Casablanca, the romantic drama released seven years after the Hollywood opened its doors.
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Last modified: October 22, 2010