Anyone interested in the fate of a historic theatre on West Broadway is being invited to offer their views at a meeting on Sunday (November 17).
The Coalition to Save the Hollywood Theatre will welcome public input between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue).
Spokesperson Mel Lehan said in a news release that city council has given the community 75 days to come up with a proposal.
"We are in the process of creating a plan and would like to hear ideas and thoughts from anyone in our community and in our city who share our concern about the importance of retaining this historic heritage theatre," Lehan said. "We only have a very short window before the building will be gutted and its heritage value lost."
The Hollywood was built in the mid 1930s and was owned and operated for decades by the Fairleigh family.
According to the coalition, the theatre at 3123 West Broadway remains "in fine condition today both inside and out".
The art-deco structure was designed by architect Harold Culleme and is listed as a "B" building on the Vancouver Heritage Register.
Bonnis Properties owns the site, which is being leased to a church until the end of this month.
On November 5, the city sent a letter to neighbours in the area stating that there's a development application "to change the use from Theatre to Fitness Centre".
This would involve interior and exterior alterations, as well as the addition of 3,875 square feet for a new second-floor space.
No parking is being added because the architect argues that the proposed wellness and fitness centre won't need as many spaces as a 650-seat theatre.
"The exterior of the front façade will be preserved and repaired as required," the architect states in a letter on the city website. "Some
restoration work has already been started and the original historic paint colors have been identified. The final restoration work of the building façade will be conducted in coordination with the heritage consultant to ensure the adherence to the original appearance of the building."