Retro celeb hotspot to reopen as West End rental suites

Pacific Palisades construction in 1966. Photo credit: Vancouver Public Library

Where did Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope and even the mustachioed Tom Selleck all hang out while in Vancouver?

Stumped?

If Vancouver is North Hollywood, then the city’s version of The Roxy during the 1970s and the 1980s was the Pacific Palisades hotel bar in the West End. While many Vancouver landmarks come and go, the modernist Pacific Palisades buildings – two towers between Robson and Alberni on Jervis – will relaunch as rental suites with an open house May 5.

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Retro celeb hotspot to reopen as West End rental suites

openMOV: MOV’s 70,000 Collection Now Online

Ferguson Point Tea House flyer, c. 1951 to 1960; one of the many Vancouver artifacts accessible online at openMOV. Photo: Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has just made it easier to learn more about Vancouver’s storied history with openMOV, a new online database that lets users access all 70,000 artifacts in the Museum’s collection.

Custom-made for MOV by Vancouver‐based Fuse Interactive, openMOV allows users to search for objects by keyword, by “department” (e.g., Asian Studies, History), by “Geocultural area,” and by place of origin. Currently, only 10,000 items are accompanied by images, but MOV plans to increase that number as quickly as possible.

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Top 5: Vancouver Chinatown Historic Attractions

Chinatown Vancouver's Millennium Gate

Whether you go there for fresh fruits or dried seafood, Chinese imports, fabulous Dim Sum, or summer concerts, if you live in Vancouver, Chinatown is part of your life.

Vancouver’s Chinatown is the one of largest in the Western Hemisphere, and, no matter the weather, it’s always packed with people and bustling with energy. It’s one of the most vibrant areas of the city, home to a wide range of shops, restaurants, and historic attractions.

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Top 5: Vancouver Chinatown Historic Attractions