York Theatre Sold

The York Theatre has been sold!

A purchaser has come in with a strong offer and has bought the York Theatre. It’s a done deal.

Because of privacy legislation, the realtor is not allowed to tell us the name of the purchaser or what their intentions might be. We can only hope that it is someone who is going to use the building for its original and intended use otherwise we can say goodbye to one of the finest and most historic theatres in Vancouver.

Thank you all for your support, letters, and interest. Who knows, there may be more work ahead, especially if a demolition is planned. As most of you know, we’ve just lost the Imperial Theatre, built in 1912, running as the Venus Theatre for the past 20 or so years, now demolished without notice. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that those of us who work in the arts spend a lot of time talking about “if only” and “what if” without any action.

The York Theatre was on the market for over a year, and, except for Jayne Holmes valiant effort, for which she deserves full credit, no one in the arts community has stepped forward and said, “I’m going to make this happen!”

Please again accept my thanks for everything. Maybe we’ve learned a valuable lesson.

Onwards and upwards,
Tom Durrie

Save the York Theatre Society