York Theatre

639 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC V5L 3W3

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Related Websites

York Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: John McCarter

Functions: Live Theatre

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Alcazar Theatre, Raja Cinema Commercial

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 604.251.1363

Nearby Theaters

News About This Theater

Raja Theatre on Commercial Drive, boarded up

Opened in 1913 as the Alcazar Theatre it was built with full stage facilities and was designed by architect John McCarter.

On February 12, 1940 it was re-named York Theatre and became the home of the Vancouver Little Theatre for 54 years. In the 1940’s the facade was given a streamline Art Moderne' style remodel.

In later more recent years it became a cinema, known as the Raja Cinema Commercial. It was operated by Raja Cinemas and showed Indian movies. This has now closed and by 2008, the building is threatened with demolition.

It was reopened as the York Theatre in December 2013 as a live theatre.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on February 29, 2008 at 3:35 am

I found this… Looks like it is in danger of being torn down

Also known as the york. I would like to see interior pictures.

View link

diaphenia on August 16, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I am watching the third season of The 4400 on DVD and the Raja is shown in it, including interiors. Very pretty theatre on the inside; could use some work on the outside.

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on February 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Finally some happy news to report!

This theatre is to be preserved and will reopen as a performing arts centre.

info is here. View link


Brian Morton
Brian Morton on February 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

A great article with the buildings history is here.

View link

Jason Vanderhill
Jason Vanderhill on December 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm

The history of the York theatre can now be seen here: https://thecultch.com/the-york-the-little-theatre-that-could/

The York recently celebrated its 2 year anniversary as a new theatrical venue, and they were canvasing for memories of the space:


Watch this space for more:


rivest266 on November 18, 2018 at 7:14 pm

This opened as York on February 12th, 1940. Grand opening ad posted.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.