Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: Vancouver Vaudeville


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La Belle Sisters on stage post
LaBelle Sisters part of a local vaudeville troupe. Photo from Tom Carter’s collection.

It all happened on Hastings Street! It was a world of dreams and escape, thrills and wonders beyond belief, everyday and night right there on Hastings. Vaudeville criss-crossed North America and Vancouver, with its excellent transportation connections, had all the major vaudeville circuits pass through its doors.

Escape the rain and immerse yourself in the world of Vancouver Vaudeville at VHF’s last evening lecture for the year Tuesday, November 4th from 7:30-9:30pm at the University Women’s Club at Hycroft located at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. Join historian John Atkin and artist Tom Carter as they explore this amazing bygone world of entertainment  in their illustrated lecture, Vaudeville: The Great White Way. Hastings Street was once Vancouver’s centre for vaudeville theatre, a performance style made popular in the 1880s which offered many different types of performance in a single show. The Pantages Theatre was the largest and most glamorous of Hastings’ Theatre Row, which also included The Rex and The Columbia. Most of us know Granville Street as the Great White Way, but Hastings Street was the original.

Cost is $12 including tax. Register here. Contact the University Women’s Club if you would like to attend their 6pm pre-lecture dinner by calling (604) 731-4661.Street parking is available on McRae Avenue and The Crescent.