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Brockton Point - 1986, "Grace's Pearls" (thumbnail) Lions Gate Bridge - 1939 (thumbnail) Chinatown 1960, East Pender St. (thumbnail) Abbotsford - 1922 (thumbnail) Capitol Theatre, Granville S. - 1956; Love me Tender (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1962 (thumbnail) Stanley Park Junction (thumbnail) Bon Voyage, Vancouver Harbour - 1938 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) Wigwam Inn, Indian Arm - 1913 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Ten Years of Art (thumbnail) The Sunshine Coast Collection (thumbnail) The Langleys Collection (thumbnail) Canadian Skies Collection (thumbnail) Vancouver Collection (thumbnail) BC Airways at Vancouver Airport - 1928 (thumbnail) Boat and Plane at Pender Harbour (thumbnail) Boat in Boathouse (thumbnail) Cannery Worker's Shack (thumbnail) Egmont Post Office (thumbnail) Final Berth on Fraser (thumbnail) May Queen's Ball, Fort Langley - 1941 (thumbnail) Steveston Collection (thumbnail) Saturday Night at the Langley Hotel (thumbnail) Snug Haven - Finn Slough (thumbnail) Porter's Coffee and Tea House (thumbnail) Molly's Reach (thumbnail) Steveston Quay (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) On the Rocks at the Garden Bay Pub (thumbnail) Starfighter Pilot (thumbnail) First Flight in Western Canada (thumbnail) Brookswood Barn (thumbnail) Halfway Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (thumbnail) Christmas in Milner, Langley - 1915 (thumbnail) White Spot No1, Granville Street - 1958 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas (thumbnail) Vancouver Bus Terminal - 1939 (thumbnail) Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail) Cloverdale - 1913 (thumbnail) Aristocratic Drive-in - 1958 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) White Rock Beach - 1929 (thumbnail) Christmas at Home - 1929 (thumbnail) Open Late, Otter Farmer's Institute, Winter (thumbnail) Otter Co-op (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas Eve (thumbnail) Fort Langley Station (thumbnail) Drive-in Heaven (thumbnail) Danceland on Robson Street on September 7, 1963 with the Ike and Tina Turner Review performing a one night gig. (thumbnail)
Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1962 (large view)
Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1962
Limited Edition Giclee print on canvas sn 295 of Theatre Row, Granville Street in 1962.
This painting is a sequel to my two previously sold-out limited edition runs, Theatre Row, Granville St.-1948 and Theatre Row, Granville St.-1950. This new scene looks south on Granville from Robson Street on a September evening in 1962.

It has been a thrill to finish this project, a year and a half of research and painting. The easy part involved archived back issues of the Vancouver Sun’s entertainment section which provided the information on the entertainment scene, thus the movie titles that appear on the marquees are as accurate as possible. Including the cars, I used more than two hundred archived and web images to add detail upon tiny detail. I also used the 1962 Vancouver City Directory to identify the names of business on Granville thus allowing me to add signs and neon where even photographs do not exist.

In 1962 Granville Street had a mall-like array of businesses: men’s and ladies clothing, book shops, shoe stores, furniture stores, pharmacies, the Medical Arts Building, bowling alleys, dance halls, restaurants and specialty stores like Krack-A-Joke and I have tried to paint them all in their proper place. Two businesses, Harrison’s Ltd. at 834 Granville and Veno Credit Jewelers at 829 Granville had just closed by 1962 but I decided to keep their wonderful neon lights blazing in my painting. I painted the White Lunch restaurant with its unforgettable three dimensional and animated neon Tea Cup Sign which will bring back a flood of memories. It was such a delight to light-up Granville Street’s theatre marquees once again casting them against a brooding night sky and I simply couldn’t resist creating mirrored reflections in the pavement suggesting the recent passage of a September evening shower. I filled Granville Street with just a few of the classic cars that I always wanted to own but never could afford and included two BCHydro Brill trolley buses working in opposing directions. The sidewalks are a scene unto themselves; I created the lifeblood of the street by painting characters young and old. I included the legendary Vancouver street photographer, Foncie Pulice standing outside the Capital Theatre. For decades Foncie faithfully photographed us with his innovative “Electric Photograph” stand; many Vancouverites still have a photograph or two of themselves as they blinked-surprised in the glare of his flash bulb.

Yet this painting is just part of Vancouver’s night scene. The main nightspots like the Palomar Supper Club are in full swing. The Cave is featuring a full Broadway production of Those Damn Yankees. Upcoming acts at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre include Sammy Davis Jr., then Katherine Dunham in Bamboche and after that the Limelighters.

Eating out on Granville was great. Between Robson and Smithe were five restaurants, The White Lunch, Commodore Lunch and Cigar, Chris’ Sea Food Grill, Deans Roast Chicken and Mr. Mikes Sea Food. Just south across Smithe, the Aristocratic with its distinctive neon sign attracted long crowds after the shows. If you were heading home by car, the popular Aristocratic Drive-ins beckoned as did White Spot Drive-in a few miles south at Granville and 67th Avenue. White Spot was the place-to-go if you had serious late dining plans. It was a “must-do” kind of thing for performers and celebrities after The Cave, The Palomar and other showrooms closed. Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Wayne and Schuster, Dennis Day, Mary Livingstone, Henry Mancini, Robert Goulet, Van Johnson, Dal Richards, Mel Torme and a host of others routinely gravitated to the south end of Granville for a taste of White Spot.

I hope these brush strokes take you back to that romantic time in your past when, with a special person by your side and ten bucks between you, Theatre Row on Granville Street was a night on the town. Brian Croft
Regular size
20" H x 32" W
Price: CA $700.00    
Large size
28" H x 44" W
Price: CA $1100.00    
Super size
34" H x 54" W
Price: CA $1500.00