PATRICIA THEATRE

5848 Ash Avenue, Powell River, BC

(604) 483-9345

Status: Historic Theatre

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Watch Window to the left of the Patricia sign on the Upper Level

Photos Courtesy of Patti L and taken during a 5 second interval


History

This theatre was built in 1928 making it the oldest continuously running movie theatre in all of Canada. It is also the only movie theatre in Powell River.

It was commissioned by the pulp and paper Mill that built up the town of Powell River. It was named after Princess Patricia, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

It was constructed in the period when vaudeville was changing over to motion pictures in theatres.

It is one of the very few buildings in Canada built in the Spanish Revival design, a design far more common in US States like Florida, California or Texas.

The architect for the building also built the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver and the first theatres in the Odeon chain.

 

Paranormal Activity

The most famous ghost of the theatre – and the one that may have been picked up in the last photo above – is that of Dr Marlatt; the so-called “evil dentist”.

The good doctor is said to be a balding man with glasses and used to run a dental office on the second floor of the building.

He is called the “evil dentist” because he is said to have been overtly cruel to children often performing procedures on them without anesthetic.

The theatre is also said to be haunted by the former owner, Myron McLeod, who is also seen on the second floor. Unlike Dr Marlatt encounters with McLeod have been friendly and empty of menace.

A worker was once trapped backstage when all the doors locked. He pounded on the doors and walls shouting for escape but to no avail until the doors all suddenly just unlocked themselves. Upon quickly escaping the worker saw a well dressed man in 1940’s attire holding hands with a little girl in a winter coat just as they disappeared down a back fire exit.

Another ghost is known for touching the back of patron’s neck with freezing fingers when they sit in the back of theatre.

Another story tells of a man being told "get away" and that "men are not allowed" while he was near the woman’s dressing room from the vaudeville days.