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Broadway Theatre - 2/8 Kimball
Vancouver, B.C.
707 W. Broadway
Organ installation timeframe: 1916 -
 
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Click for a larger bersion of this image Broadway Theatre, c.1917. Image courtesy Vancouver Public Library, public domain
 
In the September 16, 1916 issue of The Moving Picture World, page 1873, there is reference to the Broadway Theatre receiving a pipe organ that was previously installed in the Bijou Theatre, Nanaimo. Records indicate that the Nanaimo Bijou Theatre did have a 2/8 Kimball organ installed in 1909. It is unknown if this was the instrument that was slated to move to the Broadway Theatre, or if the move actually took place.
 
Interestingly, a pipe organ installation at the Broadway Theatre is not listed in any of the pipe organ databases. This includes the PSTOS Eugene Nye/Bill Bunch records, Junchen opus lists, and the Organ Historical Society database. One possible explanation is that the Broadway's organ was not an original installation; it was relocated from Nanaimo's Bijou Theatre.
 
See this news item from The Moving Picture World September 1916:
 

News item in The Moving Picture World September 16 1916, page 1873
 
The following feature article appeared in The Moving Picture World November 11 1916. Note reference to "large pipe organ" in the third paragrah. The article also make reference to a prior Broadway Theatre located "one block" away.
 
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Feature article about the Broadway Theatre's opening from The Moving Picture World November 11 1916. Click for a larger version of the image.
 

News item in Exhibitors Trade Review (later known as Motion Picture Daily) December 3, 1921 (p778) states that Julian Haywood was an organist at the Broadway Theatre in 1921.
 
Click for a larger bersion of this image Broadway Theatre, c.1930. Image courtesy Vancouver Public Library, public domain
 

The Broadway Theatre's Broadway News, September 17, 1917
 

 


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