Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Fernie & Elk Valley Cultural Guide - Winter 18-19 - Page 29

BUILT HERITAGE VOGUE THEATRE As the Great Fire of 1908 ravaged Fernie the members of the Miner’s Union must have breathed a sigh of relief. The 60ft lot they had purchased with the intention of building a hall still stood empty and the union suffered no loss of assets. Plans were ready however, and by 1909 the Miner’s Hall Opera House opened as a welcome addition to the three popular theatres already in operation in the town. The theatre space was later leased as a private business and renamed as the Grand Theatre, while the Miner’s Union continued business in the upstairs offices. In 1947, Sam Rossell reopened the venue as The Vogue Theatre. While the property has housed several other businesses at various times including a grocery Co-op, furniture and second hand stores, laundry and a Piano Parlour, it has now returned to its original purpose as an entertainment venue, and the name endures. Dennis and Roxana Djonlich purchased the building in 2006 and quickly set about fully renovating and refurbishing the dark and dated theatre. The original building is known as ‘Rennaisance Revival’ and while simple, has a number of attractive period features including fanned window caps and cornices. The renovation is a combination of bright and modern with plenty of nods to the past including period-style chandeliers and a pressed tin ceiling. The theatre offers 7pm screenings of the latest films, 9pm screenings during peak periods, 3D screenings and weekend matinees. The Vogue Theatre also supports the community as a venue for film festivals and special screenings, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Reel Canadian Film Festival and International Fly Fishing Film Festival. A video arcade on the 2nd floor is available for private parties. Ferniemovies.com | 250-423-7111 321 2nd Ave 29