This Week in History
Downtown Gala Held for Vogue Theatre
For the week of Monday April 11, 2011
During construction, Long spared no expense hiring the best Canadian firm of theatre architects available, Kaplan and Sprachman. Their design for the Vogue helped introduce Canada to the latest trend in architecture, the Moderne style. This style integrated new technology with a simple streamlined design. On the outside, the theatre was dominated by a giant 19-metre neon sign topped with a 3-metre statue of the Greek goddess Diana. On the inside, the theatre included luxuries then unavailable in most homes, such as air-conditioning. The theatre’s 1,347 seat auditorium’s design incorporated curved walls and a wave-shaped roof, the latest improvements in acoustics. These features, combined with state-of-the-art lighting, made the Vogue an inviting and comfortable venue for theatregoers.
The Vogue Theatre and its competitor, the Orpheum Theatre, remain as highlights of Vancouver’s theatre district, leading to their designation as National Historic Sites in 1993 and 1979, respectively. For their contribution to Canadian architecture, Kaplan and Sprachman, Architects, the theatre’s designer, was commemorated as a national historic event in 2008.
For more stories on Canada’s theatres please read: “The Show Place of Toronto,” “The Grand Old Lady of Granville Street,” A Gem of a Theatre, Something for Everyone, Take a Bow, The Granada, A Theatre of Dreams, There’s No Business Like Show Business and Tutus at Eaton Auditorium in the This Week in History archives. For more information on the Vogue Theatre, please visit the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
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