LOCAL HISTORY: The Hope Cinema

Hope has a wonderful vestige from the past. Its movie cinema, built in 1945, is not only still standing, but is still in business.

“It was in 1945, with the end of the 2nd World War, that new optimism & a period of growth overtook Hope & a variety of new enterprises were launched. The “New Hope Theatre” was one of those. The Trout family came from the BC Interior & started construction on 2 theatres – one in Hope owned by W.A. Trout & one in Agassiz owned by his brother Neil Trout. The original building in Hope was smaller then & featured seating split by an aisle straight down the middle. If one views the current building from the back alley, the barn shape of the original structure can still be easily seen.

This was well before the advent of popular television & cars were still rare with road travel being limited & rough – a trip to Vancouver taking up to five hours. Going to the movies was just another popular social event for local citizens… Each week in Hope there were dances with live bands, church picnics & other social gatherings to choose from & the theatre was full almost every night it was open.” from hopecinema.ca
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𝘋𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘺, 𝘸𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴. 𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭. 𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘸𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦.

Credits: 1: Hope Cinema 2: @darceyphotography
3: @kellylynnmercer 4: @emilypeterphotography