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Ladner throwback: Delta's movie theatre back in business

Ladner's movie theatre reopens after a six-month absence
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Ladner Theatre manager Enns Loews checking out the 35mm movie projectors showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Hundreds of local children attended the showings in late February 1969.

Let’s head back to the late February 1969 pages of the Delta Optimist to see the much-anticipated reopening of the Ladner Theatre, which had been closed for over six months.

Rod Bird, president of Bird Hydraulics in Vancouver, and Enns Loews leased the theatre for two years with a two-year option.

Movies hadn’t been shown in the theatre since the building was sold by Owen Bird, who was no relation to Rod Bird.

The city's only movie theatre at the time, the screen was to open six days a week, only closed Sundays. The theatre was refurbished with new paint and carpets.

The seating capacity of 199 would not be changed as several rows of seats had been removed to make room for a dance floor.

Restricted movies would “probably be confined” to Monday to Wednesday and family movies from Thursday to Saturday with a matinee Saturday afternoon.

The theatre was to open with a double bill, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Travelling Saleslady starring Phyllis Diller.