Ridge Theatre closing to make room for condo development

The Ridge Theatres art deco lettering and neon lights have enchanted generations of Vancouver movie goers. Photo courtesy of VanCityBuzz.com

By SHAWN GILL

Another city landmark, known for its neon sign and cozy theatres, is set to meet the bulldozer.

The Ridge movie theatre has been a fixture of the Kitsilano community for 63 years but is set to be demolished to make way for a $60-million redevelopment project that will include 50 units of condo space and a grocery store.

News of the Ridge’s demise comes just days after the Playhouse Theatre Company suddenly shut its doors last Saturday.

Disheartened Vancouverites turned to Twitter to vent their feelings about what they see as indicative of the city’s cultural dissolution:

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The closing of the Ridge comes a year after the West Side lost the Hollywood Theatre, another throwback silver-screen treasure, which had elicited cheers from generations of Vancouverites.

It’s always sad to see well-known cultural artifacts, torn down and replaced modern structures. World-class cities make it a point to maintain connections to their pasts while planning for the future. It’s true that in order to move ahead Vancouver must meet the insatiable demand for housing. But surely there is a way to grow while keeping the city’s cultural heritage intact?

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