Embassy Ballroom

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The 1908 building you can see on the right side of the frame was originally called the Lester Dancing Academy (you can see some pictures of the interior here). In the 1940s it was called the Embassy Ballroom. In the 1960s it was Dantes Inferno, then the Retinal Circus, a rock venue hosting such luminaries as Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground and The Doors. Today it's a thriving nightclub known as Celebrities. (1958 Major Matthews image from the City of Vancouver Archives).