Archive Photos of the Day: Theatre Row

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s always interesting to take a look at how much Vancouver has changed throughout the years. One destination that is constantly evolving is Granville Street. With its bright lights and big signs, there are glimpses of the past that remain today, see if you can spot them this collection from the City of Vancouver Archives:

1965: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-57.

1968 & 1969: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-52 & CVA 780-23.

1965: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-50.

1969: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-24 & CVA 780-27.

1969 & 1965: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# 2009-001.060 & CVA 780-25.

1965: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-53.

1959: Theatre Row / Granville Street in Vancouver. BC Jennings Photographer. Archives# CVA 672-1.

If you enjoy the photography featured in this post and any of the “Archive Photos of the Day” you can visit the City of Vancouver Archives to purchase prints. They would make a fantastic Vancouver-themed gift this season.

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  1. Rosanne HopkinsThursday, December 5th, 2013 — 4:08pm PST

    This was my stamping grounds when I was training to be a ballet dancer. I saw all the movie musicals at the Capitol and the Studio and went in for a White lunch bowl of soup. Very wonderful to revisit the years of 60 to 69. I was in Cave Theatre restaurant’s Musicals. I choreographed for the Cave and lived at Bute & Robson.
    Knew every shop and restaurant in that area.

  2. GeoThursday, December 5th, 2013 — 7:19pm PST

    that’s awesome Rosanne; I love those old Brill trolley buses.

  3. Jeff VSunday, December 29th, 2013 — 3:20pm PST

    Those old Granville Street photo’s certainly bring back many memories for me, I grew up in the West End and mostly we walked to and from all the theatres, especially on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to catch whatever movies we could. I recall that it was only .50 cents for kids our age. We’d either rummage through the back alley’s looking for pop or beer bottles (that we’d turn in for cash), or knock on doors and ask if folks had any empties… Once each of us had about $1 dollar, that was all we needed to not only get in to the show, but we had money for the snacks too. 🙂
    As for the other comment about the Brill Trolley buses, if you go to the following website,, you can learn a lot more about the now retired historic bus fleet (complete with photo’s). Trams is the Transit Museum Society, a non-profit group which looks after a number of the now retired buses. Since the mid-1970s I’ve been a full or part-time local sightseeing tour guide who still loves showing off our beautiful city to visitors. The other night I was bringing a group through downtown after dark, and I make a point of crossing Granville Street and getting folks to look at the newly installed vertical street lights along Granville, and of course all the neon signs that still exist. Someone should take a present day shot and post it with the pictures above. Cheers – For Now…Jeff V 🙂

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