The Hollywood Arts Foundation joins the Save the Rio Campaign

The Hollywood Arts Foundation joins the Save the Rio Campaign

Corrine Lea of the Rio Theatre just released to the media the exciting news of our collaboration with the Save The Rio campaign! Thanks to this agreement, the Hollywood Arts Foundation will provide tax receipts for larger donations to the campaign to buy the Rio Theatre and save it forever for the community.

Donate to the Save the Rio campaign here.

Here is her statement:


“When we first began our campaign to buy the Rio Theatre to save it from being torn down, we formed the Vancouver Art House Society – a registered non-profit BC society created to help buy the property with funds donated by the community to allow the Society to own shares of the property. With a mandate to help save arts and culture spaces, the Vancouver Art House Society is run by a board of industry professionals. Not only will the Society help save the Rio, but it will continue on as a legacy project to help other Vancouver arts and culture organizations in the future.

It turns out that the Hollywood Arts Foundation also shares our same goal, to help save arts and culture venues in Vancouver. So we have decided to join forces! Not only will we be stronger together but one of the other major benefits this merge can offer is a tax receipt for all donations made to the public Foundation and in return the Hollywood Arts Foundation will also become a shareholder in the property, just like the Vancouver Art House Society.

Attend the Open House this Thursday!

Join our efforts to save the Hollywood in coming to the Open House on Thursday, March 15th between 4:30 and 7:30 pm at St James Community Square.

Join our Facebook pages:

Hollywood Arts Foundation
Vancouver Art House Society

Contact: Corinne Lea
corinne@riotheatre.ca / 604-723-2822

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Proposed Hollywood Theatre development / Open House March 15

Proposed Hollywood Theatre development / Open House March 15

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You may have seen media reports of the proposed new development plan for the Hollywood Theatre. In broad terms, the proposal would see the City allow higher density development on adjacent properties in return for heritage designation of the Hollywood Theatre.  The Coalition is generally in support of this approach, but we are continuing to look for details regarding the balance between the extent of bonus density and resulting public benefits.

Although the City’s rejection of a similar redevelopment proposal in 2016, suggested that the City was seeking to acquire the theater in exchange for bonus density, the present proposal would see the Hollywood’s current owner retain the theatre and operate it as a for-profit entertainment venue, bringing live music, theatre, comedy, film festivals, TED talks, etc. to local audiences.

While the proposed mix of programming sounds familiar and encouraging, what seems to be missing is a clear commitment to cinema as a key component.  So, while we agree that the Hollywwod needs to become more than a movie theatre, we also feel strongly that cinema is an essential part of the Hollywood’s heritage and should remain a prominent part of its future, both through regular cinema programming and festival use.

Another vital piece of the puzzle, from the Coalition’s perspective, is the Community Use Agreement between the City and the owner. Our understanding is that the agreement will establish guidelines for theatre use, including operating model and the extent of non-profit/community use.  We also understand that the agreement will respond to public feedback received through the upcoming Open House.  And, so, we encourage supporters to advocate for a strong and enforceable agreement that guarantees a healthy balance of programming, including regular cinema screenings and a generous commitment to prime-time non-profit use.

And, obviously, a final consideration is the design of the new adjacent building and how it will relate to the Hollywood’s heritage and the rest of the street.

The entire development application can be viewed here.

We encourage everyone who is concerned about the future of the Hollywood, and of the character of West Broadway, to attend the Open House and provide feedback to the City.

In the meantime, the Coalition is requesting a meeting with the City to address foregoing issues and will continue to provide updates on our website and Facebook page to help keep the community informed – and help to ensure the Hollywood’s brightest future is realized.

Open House

Date: Thursday, March 15.
Time: 4:30-7:30pm
Location: St. James Community Square,
3214 West 10th Ave. [map]

Documentary: The Hollywood

The Hollywood from Albert Kurian on Vimeo.

This 10-minute film was made by documentary researcher and editor Albert Kurian in 2007. It delves into the history of Vancouver’s legendary Hollywood Theatre and includes some great interviews with the Fairleigh family, plus footage of the theatre when it was still operating (as it will hopefully be again!)

West Broadway businesses support the Coalition’s plan

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The Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition has recently reached out to the West Broadway business community to establish the extent of support for our plan to Reinvent the Hollywood as a landmark public arts and culture venue.  Not surprisingly, the response has been enthusiastic – to say the least – with nearly 125 businesses (and more to come) signing our letter to City’s Managing Director of Cultural Services, Richard Neuwirth.

The letter recognizes the Hollywood’s unique value as a landmark focus of arts and entertainment on West Broadway and an essential contributor to the local economy.

The Coalition is very pleased to acknowledge the strong support of following businesses (with more to come) and encourage our broader community of supporters to return the favour! Just like the Hollywood, local businesses are a key ingredient of a vibrant and thriving community.

You can download the letter here.

Businesses whose representatives signed the letter include:

Evangelos Photography
Mama Lee Malaysian Restaurant
Ramen Sanpachi
Branches & Knots
Nuba Restaurant
Melonhead Children’s Hair Care
Garlands Florist
Kitsilano Community Acupuncture
Stepback Antiques
Lens & Shutter
Fresh is Best Salsa Co.
The UPS Store
Ramen House
Panago Pizza
Toybox / Toy Jungle
The Produce Co.
Ronsons
Tera V Burger
Harvest Deli
SushiSushi Japanese Restaurant
Waffle Gone Wild
Calhoun’s Bakery and Cafe
The Travel Bug
Lou Lou
Exposure Clothing
Sparkle & Junebug Kids Fashion
Elwood’s Restaurant Kitsilano
Reach Studio of Massage & Wellbeing
Lotusland Electronics and Music
Teriyaki Bowl
Cit-E-Cycles
Paradise Fashion Studio
The Eatery
Dharma Kitchen
Broadway Barbers Hair Design
Gina Brown’s Yarn
It’s Still a Dog’s Lilfe
Coe Lumber & Building Supply
Papillon Bistro & Cafe
Gargoyles Tap and Grill
Modern Home Furnishings
Mr. Mz. Boutique
Rothman & Co.
Liquor Depot
Rimay Blessings
SPCA Thrift Store
Athena’s
Greek Senior Citizen Society
Angus Bakery & Cafe
Interior Flori
Caffé W
Metta Rest Spa
The Wolf & Hound
Illusion Studio & Spa
East is East
Strike Taiwanese Restaurant
Masala Cafe
Swiss Chalet
Deux Chic Esthetics
Gold Train Express II
Turnabout
Countrywide Communications
Chronic Hub Social Club Society
Young Bros Produce
Tea So Divine
Nicks Barber Shop
The Fringe Cafe
Parthenon Super Market
Just Imagine Costumes
Big O Tires
Salon Haze
Mei Mei Florist
Bayswater Tea Co.
Sally Store and Flowers
Comfy Spa
720 Sweets
Neverland Tea Salon
Mayhew Sherwood Florist
Seva Physiotherapy
Footworks Relaxology
Tapestry Music
TD Canada Trust
Eyeglass Boutique
Thai Basil
True Natural Healing Society
Olympia Pizza
New World Dry Cleaners
Image Optometry
FISH Kitsilano
Great Wall Mongolian BBQ Restaurant
Green Panda Dispensary
EyeCity Optical
CHANGE Lingerie
Plenty
Flok Clothing
Tandoori Fusion
Noah’s Pet Ark
Hu Tong Restaurant
Ethel’s Boutique
Pulpfiction Books
Flight Centre
Kitsilano Natural Foods
Nat’s New York Pizzeria
Mr. Red Cafe
Beautiful Minds Wellness Centre
Semperviva Yoga
Amy’s Loonie Toonie Town
Aria Florist
Benny’s Cafe
Yoga Buttons Kids’ Yoga Studio
Thai Cuisine by Montri
Safeway
Quiznos