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Rec Room coming to Granville Street in 2021

Two heritage buildings to be restored, new façade for 1980s-era building in centre

The design of the upcoming Rec Room entertainment complex on Granville Street at the former Empire Theatres complex has been revised.

Studio One Architecture is no longer on the project with Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership taking over.

The development involves two heritage buildings, the former Palms Hotel building (1898) and the Paradise Theatre building (1913).

The Palms Hotel will see its façade revitalized, while the Paradise Theatre building will see a complete reconstruction, with only the large art deco façade remaining from the original building.

Palms Hotel 1904
Palms Hotel, pictured in 1904. Credit: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Palms Hotel 2020
Rendering of revitalized Palms Hotel. Credit: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Paradise Theatre 1939
Photo of the Paradise Theatre in 1939. Credit: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Paradise Theatre 2020
Rendering of the revitalized Paradise Theatre building. Credit: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

In between the two heritage buildings, an existing four-storey building built in the 1980s as part of the Empire Theatres complex will receive a new glass curtain wall façade. The architects say this building will serve as a neutral buffer between the two historical façades.

Construction on the Rec Room entertainment complex is scheduled to begin later this year, with completion in 2021. The complex will include a live performance venue, arcade, restaurants and a rooftop patio.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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