Buck Jones and the Old Time Theatres has turned into another Blog Monster – so huge that it could literally take dozens of posts to do it justice …
The Old Time Movie Theatres/Palaces
And Palaces they were. Do you Remember? Some lucky folks will. Others (mostly the young) may not.
Fortunately, a few of these incredible Movie Palaces still remain – have been saved. Unfortunately, most of them have been callously torn down.
Testifying to their beauty, those that still remain are now usually the domain of Fine Arts.
Beautiful indeed they were. The sensation. The atmosphere. The Grandeur …
Going to the Theatre in those days was a special event. The Names suggested so: The Grand, The Palace, The Ritz, The Royal … The Majestic … The Orpheom …
Outside, The Marques blazed – large and spectacular with lights and neon.
Inside – the Entrance – The Doors – plush carpeting – staircases – balconies – brass, mirrors, glitter, gold, lighting, chandeliers, curtains, soft music – everything was exquisite. Somebody really cared. And made you feel like royalty – a palace – a grand experience. Undeniable elegance. Here was an appreciation of Culture – Arts – and Craftsmanship – something to aspire to – and inspire us – as all great Art does.
Then there was the Program:
You’re were seated. Lights dim. Grand music swelling. The beautiful stage – the curtains slowly part …
First on the program you’d typically get a black and white Newsreel – news on the current War; the launching of the Titanic; the crash of the Hindenburg; a new motorcar; celebrity gossip; recent sports achievements; ??? – in these 5 to 10 minute reels. Then came the cartoon – sometimes three! Followed by previews of Upcoming Attractions. The pre-movie show was an entertainment experience in itself – often half an hour long – or more – before the curtains would close again … and then re-open. Now for the main attraction!
In this posting – for the sake of brevity – I take the privilege of showcasing just a few of these marvelous theatres that we had in Canada.
Theatres of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Hard to believe they showed movies at these places/palaces isn’t it?
But they did.
Next: The Old Time Theatres of Alberta