The Hope Cinema on Wallace Street. (Hope Standard file)

The Hope Cinema on Wallace Street. (Hope Standard file)

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Popular entertainment venue brought back to life

A favourite, long-time entertainment venue for Hope was brought back to life this year.

The Hope Cinema had been sitting vacant since the beginning of the pandemic, while the community kept a watchful eye on the marquis for any new developments.

New owners made the big announcement this fall, and it soon became apparent there would be more to do than just watch a movie there. They have hosted All Star Wrestling and had even planned a punk rock show that was unfortunately derailed due to the closed highways.

Now dubbed the Hope Cinema Cafe, the locale will have more in store in 2022.

Hope, Cascades and Canyons shared a bit about the theatre’s history recently.

“It was in 1945, with the end of the Second World War, that new optimism and a period of growth overtook Hope and a variety of new enterprises were launched,” their website reads. “The ‘New Hope Theatre’ was one of those. The Trout family came from the B.C. Interior and started construction on two theatres – one in Hope owned by W.A. Trout & one in Agassiz owned by his brother Neil Trout.”

The barn shape of the original structure can still be easily seen from the back alley.

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