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.
Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition
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!)
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
RE: ST. JAMES COMMUNITY SQUARE
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.
Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition
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.
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