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Hollywood Theatre

Classic thirties theatre. Built, owned and operated by the Fairleigh family. The last original, independent cinema house in Canada. One theatre, one family, one style. At 784 seats and a reported cost to build of $50,000.00, the Hollywood opens with an exquisite, hand-blown neon marquee on October 24, 1935 to far and wide acclaim. The fabulous neon signage is purchased outright by patriarch of the clan Reginald E. Fairleigh. A delightful refined neon script 'Pick O' the Best Plays' rides atop the overhang facia canopy above the sidewalk. Tickets for adults at 20 cents and kids at 5 cents. The car craze is in full swing and neon's splash and flare is new in the world. Most of the city is forest. A family cruise past the downtown or suburban theatre marquees instills ecstatic trance and is a big thrill. This showboat theatre is a survivor and thrives in a marathon run of a continuous 77 years. The Hollywood's slogan in a 1952 newspaper listing is 'Always a Good Show'. Early cinema authentic décor: wooden arm rests, tiled washrooms, original terrazzo lobby floor, vintage push-button 'Automaticket' dispenser system, with five little trap doors that spit out your tickets purchased at the quaint booth. A piano resides in the house. A sudden collapse and demise in 2012 breaks the heart of West Broadway and alas it's a final goodbye to a longtime home turf in Kitsilano.