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History of South Granville Street

The Beginning of a Love Affair on South Granville

A love affair that has had its ups and downs but shows no signs of abating.

By South Granville BIA

The Stanley has been a beloved fixture on the street ever since it opened on December 15, 1930, with a screening of Lilian Gish’s first talkie, One Romantic Night. It was the beginning of a love affair that has had its ups and downs but shows no signs of abating. Original admission prices ranged from 10 to 40 cents, and included the feature, a comedy, a newsreel and a scenic. The Stanley was the only theatre in Vancouver where not one, but two Saturday Matinees could be seen by young moviegoers for the incredible price of ten cents.

Read more about the history of South Granville Street.

Civic historian and author John Atkin takes us on a fascinating tour of South Granville, as he shares his knowledge of this historic neighbourhood and the role it has played in Vancouver’s history.

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  1. I loved this! Thanks so much for sharing. I used to live in Vancouver – sadly had to move but would love to move back! Granville street was one of my favourite places to meet friends and just wander on a morning with a coffee in hand. Brought lovely memories back and I now know about its history.

    April 13, 2013
    • Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed South Granville BIA’s article on the history of South Granville. I love the neighbourhood as well.

      April 13, 2013

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