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The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver
|Address||918 Granville Street|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Owner||The MRG Group|
|Current use||Live event venue|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Sprachman & Kaplan|
|Official name||Vogue Theatre National Historic Site of Canada|
The Vogue Theatre was designed by architects Kaplan & Sprachman. Construction began in 1940 and was completed in 1941. The Vogue has hosted such events such as Vancouver’s ComedyFest, Vancouver International Film Festival and Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
It was operated by Canadian Odeon Theatres until 1984, then by Cineplex Odeon, until its closure in 1987.
The Vogue Theatre is an example of Art Deco or Moderne architecture.
The Vogue Theatre is crafted in the Art Deco style, emphasizing sleek lines and fluid contours. It has symmetrical façades, constructed in a mixture of textured concrete and terrazzo panels with wrought-iron screens. One of the defining features of Vogue is its large neon sign which is topped by silhouette of the Roman Goddess Diana.
The Vogue Theatre has 1,161 seats, with 614 on the orchestra level, 211 in the Dress Circle, and 336 on the Upper Circle. It has curved balconies and curved ceilings in the Art Deco style.
The Vogue has an elaborate modulated lighting system. The stage, made of black-painted maple, is equipped with a flying system 30 feet above the floor. The air-conditioning systems and ducts are concealed in the ceiling coves, which improves the acoustics of the theatre.
The Gibbons Hospitality Group has intentions of restoring many of the original features of the Vogue and using it as an event space.
By the virtue of its scale, design, and age, the Vogue has been a National Historic Site of Canada since it was officially recognized by the federal government on November 20, 1993, under Historic Sites and Monuments Act. The interiors of the building are not officially protected. The Vogue is also a City of Vancouver heritage "A" building.
- Mackie, John (7 March 2010). "Refurbished Vogue Theatre hopes to host 200 events annually". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- Vogue Theatre National Historic Site of Canada. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
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