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Plaza Theatre

Movie House Moderne. The original 1936 Plaza signage, as with sister Granville Street playhouse Paradise Theatre, is from the era when many small, white incandescent light-bulbs form the words. Pre-empting neon's provocative arrival in 1929. The sweeping, sixty-foot, dish-shaped, overhanging canopy that looms bright over the sidewalk, displaying billings, is installed in the 1960s. Above, the double-sided, curved, rectangular light-boxes hold the bold letters 'PLAZA' stacked and spaced a like tossed runes in the air. A classic showcase of the new emerging designs for vertical marquees from this era. Fellini is playing; a fandango of clowns are gathering. In the two-and-a-half block swing Theatre-Row off Georgia, there are, by the 1950s, seven movie theatre neon marquees'Capital, Strand, Dominion, Orpheum, Plaza, Paradise, Vogue. Hotels include Castle, Belmont, Blackstone, Royal, St. Helen's, Regal, Cecil, Austin, Yale. Cafes and Restaurants: Scot's, Sky Diner, White Lunch, Peter Pan, Al Gold's Fish and Oyster Bar, Love's Skillet, Aristocratic, Silk Hat, Rubin's, Storey's Malted Milk Shop, Melrose, Liberty, Leonard's, and Notte's Bon Ton. These big totem marquee movie cinema palaces, hotels, and the one-of-a-kind creation cafes all feature original hand-blown neon signs that are strung up like a festival of lanterns in the night. The glitter and glow of Granville Street becomes famous as the 'Great White Way' from a Grouse Mountain gondola night ride.