An update on the Hollywood

Dear Hollywood Supporters,

Here’s a quick update about recent developments.

Not long after a deal fell through (back in October) with a local developer who grew up in Kits and shares the community’s desire to see the Hollywood’s screen come back to life, we were contacted by an architectural firm that’s now working with the Hollywood’s owner to consult with stakeholders and assess redevelopment options for the theatre and adjacent properties.

The good news is that the Hollywood’s future is potentially looking up. We’ve had a couple encouraging meetings with the architects and continue to advance our vision for the Hollywood’s future as a vibrant community-focused arts and culture hub, featuring the best of cinema, live performance, festivals, and other public events. We’re aiming to meet with the City’s Cultural Planning group in coming days.

Stay tuned,
Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition


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


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.
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
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
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
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
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

Our letter to City Hall re: St. James Community Square

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The Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition welcomes recent news of the City’s decision to step in and rescue St James Community Square from threat of closure.  St James is an essential community resource and one of the only live-performance venues remaining on the local scene.  The Coalition looks forward to continuing collaboration with the St James, where hundreds turned out in November, 2013 to launch our ongoing campaign to Save the Hollywood Theatre.

Read our letter to Vancouver Mayor and City Council below.  (Or view as a PDF file.)


17 February, 2016

Mayor and Council
City of Vancouver
453 West 12th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4


Dear Mayor and Council,

We are writing to express our strong support for the City’s decision to acquire St. James Square, an essential community resource and one of the few live-performance venues remaining on the local scene. As you may know, the Coalition has benefited tremendously through advice and support offered by the St. James staff and management in our ongoing efforts to preserve and reinvent the Hollywood Theatre as a landmark arts and culture venue. Indeed, hundreds packed St. James Square in November 2013 to launch our ongoing campaign to save the Hollywood Theatre.

Consequently, we are very pleased to know that the St. James will continue to be a key partner and advocate for the Hollywood’s preservation. And, to that end, we are simultaneously encouraged to know that the City is continuing to invest in public arts and culture capacity.

Regrettably, however, as much as sustainability for St. James avoids the west side’s further decline into cultural poverty, it fails to address the prevailing capacity deficit west of Granville.

Once again, we encourage the City to recognize the unique opportunity offered by the Hollywood to establish a broader and evolving arts and culture presence on West Broadway. The Hollywood is perfectly positioned and ideally suited to provide the critical mass required to see West Broadway become a vibrant and self-sustaining focus of creative expression and artistic enterprise.

We look forward to re-engaging with our elected representatives and city staff to exchange updates on the Hollywood and explore opportunities to build on recent good news at St. James Community Square.

Yours sincerely,

Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition

Memo from Brian Jackson discusses Coalition’s efforts to save Hollywood

Brian Jackson, the city’s general manager of planning, recently released a memo to Vancouver city council outlining the status of the Hollywood Theatre and St. James Community Square. In it he reiterates the responses to our questions for clarification on a variety of points.

You can read the memo here.

The Projection Project presents their new documentary short on the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday!


We invite all supporters of the Hollywood Theatre to attend the big-screen premiere on Saturday, November 1 of The Hollywood – Till We Meet Again. It’s the finale of the “Hollywood Trilogy”, produced by Curtis Emde and Silmara Albi’s (aka “The Projection Project”).

It will be shown at Vancouver’s noted art house cinema, The Cinematheque, on Saturday November 1st (doors opening at 2pm). The movie will be screened alongside the artwork of projectionist Al Reid and a couple of other surprise film shorts.

Hosted by local film history professor and movie critic Michael van den Bos and featuring some fabulous door prizes, this is one matinee not to be missed.

Saturday, November 1st – doors open at 2pm
1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
Admission by donation