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Seymour Billiards

With a Westcoast splash, this original pool hall is opened in 1963 by Edmonton restaurateurs the Shymka brothers. Jackie Parker, the famous Edmonton Eskimos CFL champion quarterback is touted as an investor-partner in the sensational venture. With it's unique and very effective revolving neon signage on the busy corner of Seymour and Nelson Streets, topped by three stationary 9 balls for the address of 999 Seymour Street and boasting 36 full-sized, 6 x 12-foot Brunswick round-cornered tables in the house, Seymour Billiards becomes an instant Vancouver phenomenon. Canada's No. 1 pool hall for snooker in the '70s. Famous for tournaments that attract large crowds and big names. Becomes a daily crossroads for many strains of radical street-class people. The room is a tradition, a little continent of different countries. Scattered chesterfield chairs. A clog of characters and drifters congregate. Ho's, hipsters, dopers, hustlers, dupes, hucksters, pimps. A room with lots of headspace. Asian guys with the slick fast cars and sexy girls, the Hungarians that live in the old hotels, the stuntmen, showboats, the gamblers, the pretty boy Granville Street hoods that later become Howe Street stockbrokers uptown. The sensational forty-year orbit of Seymour Billiards sign halts forever in January 1999. Everybody's uptown rendezvous in the '60s and '70s. 'Meet you at the Seymour at nine.'