Fonds - Civic Theatres Department fonds

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Civic Theatres Department fonds

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  • 1952-1993 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Civic Theatres Dept.

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6.14 m of textual records

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On October 16, 1956 City Council passed by-law no. 3601 to provide for the Board of Management for the proposed Vancouver Civic Auditorium. The first manager of the Auditorium was hired on December 3, 1957. On July 5, 1959 the auditorium, now called the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, was officially opened by the Queen. Since then, two other theatres have been added: the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse in 1962 and the Orpheum Theatre in 1977. Seating capacities are as follows: the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 2,937; the Vancouver Playhouse, 673; and the Orpheum Theatre, 2,788. The Civic Theatres Department was established by City Council in May 1961, while the Vancouver Civic Auditorium Board assumed an advisory role only with the passing of by-law no. 3941 in October. For a temporary period only, 1983-1989, the Civic Theatres Department was a division of the Social Planning Department. The following functions have been carried out by the Civic Theatres Department. (1) Booking management. Includes booking, accounts, and publicity. (2) Building and equipment management. The first manager oversaw the construction process of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and prepared for the official opening. Building management has included stage management and event staffing. (3) Civic cultural development. The mission statement speaks of building partnerships to support and be responsive to the development of regional cultural organizations and future audiences. The Civic Theatres Department has reported to the Board of Administration (1961-1974), then to the City Manager. For the 1983-1989 period the Division Head reported to the Director of Social Planning. The following individuals have served as Manager/Director: John Pantucker, 1957-1960; Charles Gregory (acting), 1960-1961; Ian H. Dobbin, 1961-1982; Jack Allman, 1983-1984; John Dyck, 1984-1987; Rae Ackerman, 1988- . The position title changed to Director in 1986. For a more detailed administrative history see the inventory in the Archives Reading Room.

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Fonds consists of the following record series, relating to the administrative aspects of theatre development, ownership and management, as well as to performances which took place: Vancouver (B.C.). Civic Theatres Department - Booking ledgers, 1962-1982, 1.5 m, series 176; General correspondence, 1955-1984, 1.32 m, series 175; Newsclipping scrapbooks, 1952-1989, 3.2 m, series 177; Publications in City Publications Collection, 1962-1993, 12 cm, series 613.

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BCAUL control number: CVAN-600

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