The Ridge was one of the last remaining single-screen neighbourhood cinemas in Vancouver and was forced to close its doors this weekend. The theatre first opened in 1950, and whether or not it was intended, had managed to keep much of the character of that era over the decades. For a many years, The Ridge was more or less a community-run venture, where volunteers gave up their time to keep the popcorn popping and the projector projecting a variety of eclectic films. It was bought out by a more mainstream chain of local cinemas in recent years, but it somehow continued to retain its sense of charm.
Laura and I caught a show on Friday (incidentally, the documentary Searching for Sugar Man which you should all see), and it was amazing to see so many people coming out to pay their respects to the theatre. Some people were quite emotional as they left the building for the last time. Clearly, it was more than a building for many of us, and it will be missed.