Vancouver’s newest multi-purpose arts space opens this weekend

Imperial Theatre Vancouver

Photo courtesy Granville Entertainment Group.

Some Vancouverites have felt a void in their lives since the creative team running events at the Waldorf Hotel left the East Hastings Street space (it’s a long story; for more, go here). However, the owners of a newly revitalized theatre opening this weekend say they are hoping to fill that void with the launch of the 6,000 foot Imperial theatre.

Originally an Asian film house called the Golden Harvest, the theatre showed kung fu films in the early ’70s. Now the space has been renovated with live music and other possibilities in mind. A first-rate sound system has been added to the venue, which includes a lobby, lounge, dance floor, and stage. Many of the original features remain, along with some of its Chinese flair.

This weekend marks the grand opening of the Imperial, formerly District 319. And if the scheduled events are anything to go by, management hopes to turn the theatre into a dance club, at least on weekends.

On Friday June 14, the theatre’s first night open to the public, the headline act is a local funk outfit (the night is build as “Live Fridays”, so expect live bands on Friday nights for the foreseeable future). The following night, June 15, belongs to a Toronto-based DJ (Andy Warburton).

Imperial Theatre

Imperial theatre. Photo courtesy Granville Entertainment Group.

The Imperial’s owners state that the venue can accomodate everything from concerts to corporate presentations to fundraising and private events. We can only guess what the future will bring, but hopefully the theatre soon expands its programming to draw on some of the city’s creative musical and artistic talent.

The Imperial is located at 319 Main. For more info, visit the theatre’s website.


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