Grand Theatre

1118 Canyon Street,
Creston, BC V0B 1G0

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DavidZornig on June 8, 2023 at 6:25 pm

Closed the week of October 6, 1960 (photo added). Additional history credit Creston Museum:

The Grand Theatre which had been showing movies from away back in the silent flicker days closed this week after 40 years of operation. Mrs. F. C. Rodgers announced it is up for sale . The theatre has been showing films only on weekends the past two months. The Grand Theatre was opened on Dec. 11, 1920 by the late C. O. Rodgers and his son, Floyd C. Rodgers, who passed away this year. At that time it was one of the few buildings that far up on main street. The two men had earlier operated Creston’s first theatre, the Peekin, starting Sept. 27, 1919, located near the present Fashion Centre, C.O.

(I’ve added a CT page for Peekin Theatre)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2022 at 8:53 pm

The Grand Theatre was listed with 270 seats in the 1956-57 Yearbook of the Canadian Motion Picture Industry. Also listed at Creston was the 341-seat Tivoli. The Tivoli was licensed to an L. Johnston, while the Grand was licensed to F. C. Rodgers. Interestingly, F. C. Rodgers had sent capsule movie reviews of films he had shown at the Grand to the trade journal Exhibitor’s Herald in 1924 and 1925.

According to this page at the Creston Museum’s web site, the Rodgers family built the Grand Theatre in 1920, and it replaced a movie theater called the Peekin which had opened the previous year. A link on the museum page leads to an article about the Peekin, which also reveals that the Grand opened in December, 1920.