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Kitsilano Theatre - 2/4 Wicks Robert Morton
Vancouver, B.C.
2114 West 4th Avenue
Organ installation timeframe: 1921 -
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c.1930. Image courtesy Vancouver Public Library, public domain.
According to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, the Kitsilano Theatre was built in 1913 and remodeled in 1922.
The Kitsilano Theatre had a 2/4 Wicks-built Robert Morton installed by Sandy Balcom in 1921. Current status is unknown.
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May 4, 1921 article from the Vancouver Daily World. Click for a larger version.
Glen Goff, under contract of the Robert Morton company, played the opening program which included the 1919 feature film "In Old Kentucky" starring Anita Stewart. Mr. Goff played many Robert Morton organs in Northwest theatres including the Pantages (Palomar) in Seattle and the Liberty (Showbox) Theatre in Pasco.

This ad for the formal opening night of the organ appeared in Vancouver Daily World on May 4th, 1921
Trade journals from the 1920's list various organists performing at the Kitsilano. For example, this news item from Canadian Moving Picture Digest, Vol 13, No 1, Jun 1, 1921, p.26
A.W. Sheffield is listed as being an organist at the Kitsilano, 1921 timeframe

News item in Exhibitors Trade Review (later known as Motion Picture Daily) December 3, 1921 (p778). Organist Julian Haywood was hired to play at the Kitsilano.
The Kitsilano Theatre closed in 1955.
In 1958 the Russian Community Centre acquired the building and undertook an extensive rennovation.
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Kitsilano Theatre building, 2017. Image courtesy Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Madeleine de Trenqualye

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