The Hollywood Theatre
by Garet Keetley
Not only does the Hollywood represent a heritage with its original design, but the countless films shown there are important themselves. Films, as art, have always reflected society at the time of their creation; and so, these films become part of our heritage as well. To know the films that have been shown in the Hollywood is to understand what was occurring in society at the time. With this, we are even better equipped to know how the Hollywood has become a symbol, allowing us a glimpse of our past.
The Hollywood remains standing and intact today as an icon of Vancouver heritage. While it may no longer operate as a theatre, it still represents our history of art and community. Sites of this significance are few and becoming fewer. While Church at the Hollywood has given it a use that has not resulted in the loss of this important site, it still remains at risk of future ‘development.’ A site of such importance to people, community, and heritage must be protected; therefore, the Hollywood must be made a protected heritage site as it stands now, because once it is lost we can never get it back.
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