Developer plans to revive Hollywood Theatre, add condos

A development company has applied to the City of Vancouver to restore and revive the former Hollywood Theatre on West Broadway near Macdonald Street, and build an adjoining mixed-use retail and condo building.

The company, 4184 Investments, Ltd., is proposing that the theatre – which was built in 1935 and closed in 2011 when the building was sold – be restored to its former glory, and includes a comprehensive operational plan in its application.

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The operating plan says, “We will re-introduce The Hollywood Theatre back into Vancouver’s consciousness by creating and operating a beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art performing arts centre dedicated to bringing the creative arts to the local community.”

The plan sets out proposed programming for of the new Hollywood Theatre, and also names the team proposed to take on the theatre’s operation, including Sean Mawhinney, current building manager and head of maintenance for both the Commodore Ballroom and Vogue Theatre on Granville Street.

The developer is also proposing adding an adjoining six-storey building with 4,423 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and five storeys of market residential units above, comprising 40 condos named “The Residences at Hollywood.” There will also be two levels of underground parking for residents.

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Street view of proposed Hollywood Theatre redevelopment to the north. Image via City of Vancouver planning

The six-storey height of the mixed-use building has been carefully engineered to minimize shadows on the residential properties behind the new building to the north, according to the development application.

Under the site’s C2-C zoning, the proposed application may be permitted by the decision of the City’s Development Permit Board.

A community open house has been scheduled from 4.30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at St. James Community Centre Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue.

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