There are a few things that symbolize Canada to Canadians as much as the Canadian flag. CBC - the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, hockey and The Hudson's Bay Company.
The Hudson's Bay Company is important to our heritage because of the fact that for centuries they controlled the fur trade through much of British owned North America. The traders and trappers formed connections with the First Nations/Native American people during their early explorations.
On the front doors is the company's Coat of Arms.
Make no mistake though. The Hudson's Bay Company has grown and adapted with the times. The department stores are places to find almost everything you need from perfumes and cosmetics to furniture to electronics. If an old time trapper were to be transported from the 1700s to now, he wouldn't recognize the place.
This theatre was commissioned by Alexander Pantages in 1907 or 1908. It was designed by B. Marcus Priteca and built by architects Edward Evans Blackmore. (Pantages was born Pericles Pantages in 1876 on the Greek Island of Andros but changed his name to Alexander when he heard the story of Alexander the Great.)
This is the oldest theatre in Vancouver, the oldest remaining Pantages theatre in North America and one of the oldest purpose built vaudeville theatre interiors in Canada.
There was talk about redoing the building - making it into a live theatre once again but its location sort of deters that idea. So many citizens will not go into that area of town during the day and if someone were to try to rebuild the theatre there is always the danger that the residents of that district will destroy the hard work. As well how would a venue that relies on evening customers fare in an area where people with the money won't go? It is frustrating who want to save this treasure and I am sure that the city officials feel the same about this theatre.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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