“A Vancouver cinema which has shown movies in the Kitsilano neighbourhood for decades looks set to be torn down after housing developers purchased the land it stands on.
The Ridge Theatre has screened movies at Arbutus Street and 16th Avenue since 1950, but the Cressey Development Group plan to level the landmark and the Varsity Bowling Alley next door.
The group intends to build a mixed use development on the property with ground floor retail and concrete condominiums above.
President of Festival Cinemas Leonard Schein has leased the Ridge Theatre for 34 years but believes the fate of the single screen theatre seems sealed.
“That will be the end of the Ridge when they do it. I’m not sure if they’ll do it in 2012 or 2013. It’s been a long time and I’m sad to see it ,” he said.”
- CBC News, 12 Mar 2012
Found on ‘flickr’:
Ridge Theatre – 1949
3131 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC.
When it opened its doors in April 1950, the Ridge Theatre was hailed as “A miracle of modern architecture and construction” boasting the latest in projection equipment and creature comforts. In the late 1970s the Ridge became a repertory or “second run” theatre, a role that continues to this day.
Let’s just cut to the chase and ‘condo’ everything from UBC to Boundary Road (Endowment Lands included); interspersed with oases of coffee shops and high end fashion stores, of course.
It seems the Ridge does have a history with real estate:
- image from ‘Macdonald Realty Asia Typhoons Charity Event’, Macdonald Realty Blog, 26 Jan 2012