Clova theatre comments welcome

There's a public hearing Monday at City Hall on a proposed Heritage Revitalization Agreement focusing on Cloverdale's historic gem.

  • Wed Mar 18th, 2015 7:00am
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The building that housed the Clova Cinema is the focus of a proposed heritage revitalization agreement between the City of Surrey and the building's new owners.

There’s still time to comment on a proposed heritage revitalization agreement that will change the face of a local landmark – the Clova Cinema building.

The HRA bylaw, heading to public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday (March 23), at Surrey city hall, is required before renovations can be carried out by the building’s new owner because it’s listed on the city’s heritage register.

If approved, the agreement would see the theatre restored to its original colours (cream and black) and signage.

Changes to the theatre’s marquee, facade, windows, box office, lighting and interior features are also set out in the proposed bylaw.

To speak at the meeting, simply show up – or call in advance to register as a speaker by contacting the city clerk’s office at 604-591-4131. Written correspondence can be submitted to the city clerk on or before March 23 by email (clerks@ or mailed to the City Clerk c/o City of Surrey, 13450 104 Ave., Surrey, B.C. V3T 1V8.

To view the proposed bylaw, visit

An architect named H. H. Simmonds (“Back to the Future for the Clova?” March 5) designed the Clova theatre.

The Clova opened in 1947 and is a rare surviving example within Cloverdale of streamline moderne, a style characterized by its smooth, curving, stucco-cladded exterior. The Clova theatre building is listed on the city’s heritage register and ceased operations as a movie house last summer.