The Vancouver Westside’s historic Dunbar Theatre will see a prolonged extended lifespan through its comprehensive restoration and integration into a combined-use advancement.
A new advancement allow application submitted to the municipal governing administration envisions a redevelopment of the properties quickly to the north and south of the theatre, even though also constructing over the theatre framework.
The two-storey theatre is located mid-block at 4555 Dunbar Avenue, and the adjacent houses for demolition and redevelopment are 4543, 4585, and 4593 Dunbar Street, which will consequence in the removing of British-themed restaurant The Cheese Inn, Cake Bae bakery, K&K Pet Foodstuff Dunbar, and Alta Vista Animal Hospital.
The new making wrapping the theatre will access a peak of 5 storeys, with a structural bridge supporting three higher residential stages hovering about the theatre construction. This allows for the theatre to be thoroughly retained and integrated into the redevelopment.
This kind of an integration notion is not fully dissimilar to the 800 Granville Road redevelopment proposal of building a structural bridge in excess of the Commodore Theatre, and the not long ago finished restoration of the Hollywood Theatre at 3123 West Broadway as component of an adjacent condominium making project.
As component of the task, Dunbar Theatre’s first 1935-crafted facade will be reinstated as substantially as doable. Its vintage signage will also be restored, with mindful attention to lights to deliver a “classy refined look to the creating.”
In depth restoration will work will be conducted to the inside as nicely, which include a renovation of the lobby as a 1930s-themed foyer. A renovation in 1964 closed the theatre’s authentic entrance and relocated it to the north.
In addition, the theatre, which has an auditorium with 350 seats, will be formally specified as a heritage building.
The theatre, now unbiased, was beforehand part of some of Canada’s biggest theatre chains, including Odeon Theatres, Famous Gamers Theatres, and Alliance Atlantis Cinemas.
As for the new employs launched through the new design, there will be a whole of 45 condominium houses, such as two studio units, 24 two-bed room units, and 13 3-bedroom models.
On the floor stage on both aspect of the centre theatre structure, there will be about 5,000 sq ft of replacement retail/restaurant units. The layout of the ground-amount professional facade is inspired by the outdated-fashioned filmstrip as a continual ribbon all over the constructing.
Two underground stages will consist of 65 car parking stalls and 95 secured bike parking spaces.
The redevelopment’s overall flooring space will access 54,100 sq ft, which include about 6,702 sq ft from the theatre. The flooring region ratio density is a ground area that is 2.75 times larger than the dimension of the 19,700 sq ft land assembly.
According to Large Union Style and design Architecture & Setting up, this transformation of the Dunbar Village will assist revitalize the retail strip, and “bring again the local community assembly spot” that the theatre after was.
This is the most current important redevelopment on the south stop of Dunbar Village — in which Dunbar Road fulfills West 30th Avenue — and it is just throughout the road from the new low-increase condominium setting up that released London Medications as an additional anchor retailer for the spot.
Now, the theatre is screening Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie film multiple times each day.