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Dunbar Theatre
added December 01, 2020
Dunbar Theatre
 One of Vancouver's last remaining neighbourhood theatres. You can read more about its history here. It managed to survive the recent lockdown, but its future as one of Vancouver's last independent movie theatres is uncertain. 

Brown Skin Beach
added December 01, 2020
Brown Skin Beach
 According to Forbidden Vancouver, "From its opening in 1928 until 1945, Vancouver’s main indoor swimming pool, Crystal Pool, was racially segregated; “whites, negroes, and Orientals” could all swim there, but not at the same time. Perhaps because of such racial exclusion, non-white folks informally claimed the beach at the old Kitsilano Indian Reserve below Burrard Street Bridge as their own. It became known as “Brown Skin Beach,” but was lost when the old reserve lands were developed into Vanier Park." There's a marina on this spot now, and the water in False Creek is too toxic for swimming. 

Dick Building
added December 01, 2020
Dick Building
 This unique structure is the legacy of William Dick, prominent businessman and politician. It graces one of the busiest intersections in the city. 

Arbutus and Broadway
added December 01, 2020
Arbutus and Broadway
 This unassuming building existed when Arbutus Street was just a dirt road. It's surprising that this modest structure has survived on some pretty valuable dirt for almost 100 years. 

Cornwall and Yew Street
added December 01, 2020
Cornwall and Yew Street
 I had no idea that the building on the right, which until recently housed a popular Starbucks, was over 80 years old. This photograph shows the original tenants on the street, Kitsilano Tea Rooms, Pollyanna Home Cooking, Blenheim Apartments and Consolidated Grocers. Across the street are the tennis courts and the outdoor pool of Kitsilano Beach, a busy (usually) summer spot. 

4th Ave and Yew Street
added December 01, 2020
4th Ave and Yew Street
 This old beauty has had some work done over the years, transforming from a dowdy old CIBC branch to a lifestyle-related retailer which specializes in selling apparel, clothing accessories and apartment products. Looking pretty good for 108! 

Granville Street looking north from Davie
added December 01, 2020
Granville Street looking north from Davie
 There are a few remnants still visible today from the Roaring '20s, most notably the St Helens Hotel. It's now a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, and the neighbourhood has seen better days. 

National Biscuit Company
added December 01, 2020
National Biscuit Company
 Renowned maker of such culinary delights as Red Arrow Biscuits, Lucky Torpedoes and Lost Lagoon Chocolate, the building now houses an upscale furniture retailer

Chalmers Presbyterian Church
added December 01, 2020
Chalmers Presbyterian Church
 Built in 1912, closed in 1990, taken over by the Anglican Church and renamed Holy Trinity

Kitsilano Theatre
added November 30, 2020
Kitsilano Theatre
 This nondescript building on a busy street in Kits has a colourful past. Originally built in 1913 for the Vaudeville circuit, it became a movie house until the doors were closed in 1955.  The Russian Community Centre took it over in 1958, and in 1966 it became The Afterthought, a psychedelic concert hall. The Grateful Dead and Steve Miller played there, among others. 

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