Save the Pantages Theatre sign now

Dear Mayor and Council,

We the undersigned support the preservation and restoration of the Pantages Theatre on Hastings Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada based on a unique plan by the Pantages Theatre Arts Society (the Society).

On October 23, 2008, ctvbc.ca reported that: "Charlie Chaplin performed there in 1912, when he was a little known song and dance man. But for the first time in years, there are for sale signs up at one of western Canada's oldest theatres, the Pantages near Hastings and Main in downtown Vancouver. The 100-year-old venue could soon be sold and demolished, meaning a significant part of Vancouver's history would be lost."

Furthermore, it has been reported that the Society had worked for more than thirty-eight (38) months on a comprehensive plan to restore the theatre to its former glory. The Society approached the City of Vancouver (the City) with its plans in April 2008 and it now appears that the talks surrounding the restoration and preservation of the Pantages has stalled and the future of this historic treasure is now at risk.

In short, the plan put forward by the Society would not only restore and expand the presence of arts, live theatre, music and business in the east side of downtown Vancouver, but it would also assist in the development of new social housing in the east side. This unique plan was developed to fit within the Citys own economic and social policies and strategies.

The City has already let too many heritage sites slip through its hands and the Pantages should not be one of them. Either the Pantages will be restored, or more cookie cutter condos will be built. We the undersinged would rather see the theatre restored to its former glory, to stand alongside the recently restored Stanley and Queen Elizabeth Theatres as a premier location for arts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We the undersigned encourage the City of Vancouver Mayor and Council (both current and future) to strongly support the plans that have been brought forward by the Pantages Theatre Arts Society and work to ensure that the dream that exists within these plans becomes a reality for future generations to enjoy.

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Latest Signatures

  • 12 February 20161000. Linda O
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2016999. David Cj
    This is a cool piece of history. City, Province / State, Country Vancouver BC
  • 09 February 2016998. Laura Z
    I support this petition
  • 07 February 2016997. D Neilm
    Please save this great resource! City, Province / State, Country Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 02 February 2016996. Cam C
    Please don't erase a site with so much history City, Province / State, Country Vancouver, BC
  • 30 January 2016995. Gordon M
    This is a poece in international history. How can you not save it? Is not tourism our main focus? City, Province / State, Country BC Canada
  • 29 January 2016994. Peter J
    Must save this theatre! City, Province / State, Country Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 26 January 2016993. Karin K
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  • 22 January 2016992. Yolande M
    Please don't let this heritage go to the dump! City, Province / State, Country Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • 21 January 2016991. Jason Logancanadianequitym
    My grandfather Mike Harakis built a 750-seat copy of the Toronto Pantages (Canon) which was destroyed in Sarnia's 1953 tornado. But nearby cinema was retrofitted as the Imperial Theatre community performance centre - anchoring the downtown shopping/entert
  • 20 January 2016990. Linda K
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  • 18 January 2016989. Chris P
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  • 17 January 2016988. Paul T
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  • 17 January 2016987. Brian T
    any so-called world class city makes it a priority to save and restore such places City, Province / State, Country Vancouver BC Canada
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  • 28 December 2015981. Tom L
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  • 27 December 2015980. Dana H
    The city has very few real landmarks - it's crazy to get rid of the Pantages rather than highlight and use it. City, Province / State, Country Vancouver, B.C. ,Canada
  • 26 December 2015979. Lindsey S
    DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN ! City, Province / State, Country Vancouver, B.C.
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  • 10 December 2015975. Pat B
    I have just returned from Europe where there history takes in Thousands of years and they do not destroy buildings after only a 100 years. Lets try preserving some of ours. City, Province / State, Country Aldergrove B. C.
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