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The First and Last Movie Theatre - 26 Nov 2013 
The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. 
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November 26, 2013 
Brian Nelson changes the marquee late in the evening in preparation for the following day at The Patricia... 
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Brian Nelson changes the marquee late in the evening in preparation for the following day at The Patricia... 
Brian Nelson changes the marquee late in the evening in preparation for the following day at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. The theatre was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, whose father, The Duke of Connaught, was Governor General of Canada when the original theatre was built in 1913. The name was picked following a naming contest by the town residents at the time. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
Local residents line up outside The Patricia Theatre to attend a vaudeville show in Powell River, British... 
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Local residents line up outside The Patricia Theatre to attend a vaudeville show in Powell River 
Local residents line up outside The Patricia Theatre to attend a vaudeville show in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Cinema owner Ann Nelson sits in the ticket booth prior to the evening show, while a customer waits for a friend, at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Silent screen movie stars John Barrymore and Delores Costello visited the theatre in its early days. Local residents were surprised that Barrymore seemed much shorter than he looked in the movies. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Cinema owner Ann Nelson sits in the ticket booth, as people in costume arrive to watch a late night screening... 
Cinema owner Ann Nelson sits in the ticket booth, as people in costume arrive to watch a late night screening of the "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Halloween, at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Cinema owner Brian Nelson waits for a movie to download into a digital projector while leaning on one... 
Cinema owner Brian Nelson waits for a movie to download into a digital projector (R) while leaning on one of the old projectors at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The old 35mm projectors are no longer used following the installation of the new digital projector earlier in the year. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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People use flashlights and wear newspapers on their heads while watching a late night screening of the movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at The Patricia Theatre on Halloween in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
Kathy Piechotta vacuums the aisles of The Patricia Theatre prior to an afternoon matinee in Powell River,... 
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Kathy Piechotta vacuums the aisles of The Patricia Theatre prior to an afternoon matinee in Powell River... 
Kathy Piechotta vacuums the aisles of The Patricia Theatre prior to an afternoon matinee in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The theatre is open 364 days of the year and shows about 87 different movies a year. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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An old Hollywood Studio directory from 1918 is seen at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River 
An old Hollywood Studio directory from 1918 is seen at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 1, 2013. The theatre had gathered a large collection of such books over the years but were all sold by the theatre owner in the 1990s. Many of the books including this one have been returned since then by local residents who bought the books year ago. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
Cinema owner Ann Nelson holds up an original slide from the movie Casablanca inside The Patricia Theatre... 
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Cinema owner Nelson holds up an original slide from the movie Casablanca inside The Patricia Theatre... 
Cinema owner Ann Nelson holds up an original slide from the movie Casablanca inside The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia October 31, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
Cinema owners Ann Nelson and her son Brian pose in the window of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River,... 
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Cinema owners Ann Nelson and her son Brian pose in the window of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River... 
Cinema owners Ann Nelson and her son Brian pose in the window of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The mother and son team took over the theatre in 2002 which was in poor condition and on the verge of closing permanently. Over the last 10 years, with financial help from a local bank and the Friends of the Historic Patricia Theatre Society, they have brought the theatre back to much of its original glory. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
A view of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded... 
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A view of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River 
A view of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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A boy plays on his mobile game device while his mother rehearses for a vaudeville show at The Patricia... 
A boy plays on his mobile game device while his mother rehearses for a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. In its past the theatre was not only used for movies but also to display the latest clothing fashions when salesmen visited from Vancouver and put on fashion shows. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Local member of the Provincial Legislature Nick Simons is reflected in grand piano while rehearsing on his cello with pianist Helena Sandler for a Sunday afternoon concert at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 1, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Local member of the Provincial Legislature Nick Simons rehearses on his cello for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 1, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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A row of original seats from 1928 sit on permanent display at the front of The Patricia Theatre in Powell... 
A row of original seats from 1928 sit on permanent display at the front of The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The current seats were made in the 1940s and were taken from a theatre in Vancouver that was being renovated several years ago. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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The audience waits for an evening screening of the 1952 movie "Singing in the Rain" at The Patricia Theatre... 
The audience waits for an evening screening of the 1952 movie "Singing in the Rain" at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 1, 2013. Even though the theatre generally shows the recent releases they do on some occasions show old classics. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Pianist Jim Dickson entertains the audience prior to an evening show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. Dickson plays piano prior to or during intermissions in movies or live entertainment. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Master of ceremonies Kevin Cook warms up the audience with jokes during a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Master of ceremonies Kevin Cook (R) tries to pull trombone player Susan Dickson offstage with a hook during a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Local residents perform a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The residents put on the show to help celebrate the theatre's 100th anniversary. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Local residents rehearse in preparation for a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The residents put on the show to help celebrate the theatre's 100th anniversary. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Carole Ann Leishman sings a song during a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The murals on the wall were brought back to their original condition after restoration in 2004. The original murals were painted over in the 1950s. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Carole Ann Leishman performs a Marilyn Monroe skit to entertain the audience prior to a evening movie at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 1, 2013. Before most of the shows the audience is entertained with organ or piano music but on this evening Carole Ann, a local actress, put on the skit as part of the theatre's 100th anniversary. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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November 26, 2013 
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Scarlet Mary Rose puts on a burlesque performance during a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. Many local residents put on the performances to help celebrate the theatre's 100th anniversary. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Local residents perform a vaudeville show at The Patricia Theatre in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The residents put on the show to help celebrate the theatre's 100th anniversary. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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The Patricia Theatre is seen at dusk in Powell River 
The Patricia Theatre is seen at dusk in Powell River, British Columbia November 2, 2013. The Patricia was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville. The Patricia was the first cinema built in Powell River and although others opened up there, none have survived, meaning that the Patricia is both the town's first and last movie theatre. Picture taken November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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