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Stanley Theatre

Stunning Stanley survives the pivot of the century, undergoing a complete makeover of her refined, vintage attributes, to re-enter our midst and illuminate South Granville once again. Origin 1931. A mix of Spanish Colonial and Moorish styles gives it a North Africa, walled city, medina mystique. Henry Holdsby Simmonds, an Australian, designs the Stanley, Grandview and Olympia Theatres, as well as the castle-walled Oakalla Prison. Situated up on a bench of the False Creek slope, almost to the hinterlands of Shaughnessy Heights with its hilltop mansions, the Stanley is one of Vancouver's first suburban family theatres. For a price of 25 cents per ticket patrons take a full-slate adventure through a cartoon, a newsreel, a serial, the feature, and the coming attraction. In 1947 Famous Players installs the current vertical signage. In 1957, they add a horizontal marquee to the theatre front'a spread of new wings and readergraphs, the sassy Stanley red neon scripts, freshly scribed in the night street sky, centered by a neon maple-leaf. In the heyday of '51 the Stanley seats an amazing 1,216 patrons. Neglect and ignorance in the '90s leads to a dark shutdown and near collapse of this charmed antique cinema palace. It is almost torn down. Courage from a few heritage advocates, the artistic director of the Arts Club and the Stanley Theatre Society conquest salvation of our beloved Stanley Theatre. With a grand restoration and the reannointment of its full-spectrum neon marquee, the stunning Stanley still glitters on tonight.