Venue notes: New York Theatre, VancouverPunk/hardcore rock venue active from the 80s through at least the mid-90s. Was located at 639 Commercial Drive. The Hüsker Dü 25 Oct 1985 date was for a long time listed as being at the "New York Theatre, Toronto," but the club was in actually in Vancouver. The theater was originally built in 1913. By Nov 2001 it had become a specialty movie theater, the Raja Cinema, screening Hindi films from India (thanks to Gregor Young for the info), but as of Dec 2009 the building appears to be unoccupied. There is, however, a move afoot to preserve the site as a cultural landmark. A detailed 2008 official City of Vancouver report documenting the preservation and restoration effort may or may not still be found here. The report, refers to the building as the "York Theatre," which suggests that that was its original name.
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