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Built by brewer, rum-runner and bon vivant George C. Reifel in 1930, the Commodore Ballroom is an iconic Vancouver venue. A great example of early Art Deco, the Commodore boasts ornate brickwork, terra cotta decoration and miniature minarets. Its cornice is reminiscent of ancient Islamic architecture found in southern Spain and the Middle East. (Photo: 1950, via Vancouver Public Library)  | via Forbidden Vancouver

Art Deco Vancouver - the Commodore boasts ornate brickwork, terra cotta decorations and miniature minarates.

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Vancouver Inter-Urban car operated by the BC Electric Railway Company.

The Hollywood Theatre on Kitsilano’s Broadway was built in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. Very little else was built in the city that year. Designed by Harold Cullerne, the Hollywood is a streamlined concrete Art Deco theatre notable for hieroglyphic decorations on its roof-line, a ticket booth decorated in black and gold tile and colourful neon signage. Before its closure 2011, the Hollywood was the oldest family-owned and operated cinema in Canada.

The Hollywood Theatre on Kitsilano’s Broadway was built in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. Very little else was built in the city that year. Designed by Harold Cullerne, the Hollywood is a streamlined concrete Art Deco theatre notable for hieroglyphic decorations on its roof-line, a ticket booth decorated in black and gold tile and colourful neon signage. Before its closure 2011, the Hollywood was the oldest family-owned and operated cinema in Canada.

Hastings and Carrall, 1909 Source: Photo by Harry Bullen (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives #Str P24

Hastings and Carrall, 1909 Source: Photo by Harry Bullen (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives

Hastings and Granville - 1908/2010

Hastings and Granville -

Rue Lepic lors de la célèbre course au ralenti © AFP (Anyone who speaks French…

City Hall, 1901  425 Westminster Avenue, the northwest corner of what’s now Main and East Pender, looking kind of spooky. It must’ve been October.  Source: Photo by Richard H Trueman, City of Vancouver Archives #City P47

City Hall, 1901 425 Westminster Avenue, the northwest corner of what’s now Main and East Pender, looking kind of spooky. Source: Photo by Richard H Trueman, City of Vancouver Archives

Capitol Theatre, Granville Street, 1934

Capitol Theatre VPL Accession Number: 23587 Date: September 1934 Photographer / Studio: Dominion Photo Co.

Vancouver Brill 2217 at Broadway and Arbutus with CN steam engine 2860 in 1975

1929 Vancouver, BC – Spencer’s Department Store at Christmas. VPL Number: 17174

Spencer's Department Store at Christmas VPL Accession Number: 17174 Date: 1929 Photographer / Studio: Unknown

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