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Ridge Theatre

This is the house of living pictures and words. Hear the tuba'.the trills'.four rhapsodies of the movies. Feels like moving water. It's the greatest instrument between life and myth. The storyboard. The magic gate. A cosmic mirror. Gets you to envision forever. The Movie House. The tall, bold, stand-alone, block-lettered bursting neon marquee RIDGE appears in an historical opening night of searchlights, fireworks and fanfare, as the most modern theatre in Canada, April 13, 1950. Situated at 16th. Avenue along the Arbutus Tramline tracks that operates until 1958. Neon as architecture. This centrepiece of the Arbutus Village is one of the first movie-house strip malls in the land. Famous on the edge of Vancouver's south slope, the lower Shaughnessy circles and crescents, up to lofty Kerrisdale and down to the skits of Kitsilano. The projector in the long middle window is a stained-glass sculpture created by artist and musician Earle Peache in 1984, commissioned by longtime Ridge operator and Vancouver movie maven Leonard Schein. With a sloped seating design of 850 made-in-Vancouver seats ' no need to stand-up with people passing ' that allows you to recline. You can always stretch your legs at the Ridge. Home to the Vancouver Foreign Film Festival. The mecca movie house seems to transcend time and change until an abrupt death to developers that closes its magic doors forever in 2013.