Rocky Horror, ABBA act, and an Amazing Race to mark Clova’s final weekend

Cloverdale's Clova Cinema will be closing on the B.C. Day long weekend, but the single screen movie house is going out with a bang.

With just a month to go until it closes forever, the Clova Cinema is adding events to its final weekend, starting with two screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, Aug. 1.

Tickets are already on sale ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) for the cult film, showing at 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Costumes encouraged, and prop bags ($5) will be available.

The Clova has also announced it’s hosting the second annual Amazing Race Cloverdale.

Teams of four to six members can now register for the fun-filled challenge, slated for Saturday, Aug. 2 in the historic town centre, starting at noon at the Clova.  For more information and to register, please contact the box office when it’s open.

Later on, the Clova presents ABRA Cadabra, an ABBA tribute band (tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children).

The weekend wraps up with The Great Clova Auction on Sunday, Aug. 3 starting at 1:30 p.m., when fans can purchase a piece of Clova history.

The single screen – one of the last of its kind in operation in the Lower Mainland – will be showing movies right up to its final weekend.

Playing July 18 to 24 is Maleficent (1:30 p.m.), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3:30 p.m.), Transformers (7 p.m.) and Jersey Boys (10 p.m.).

The Clova Cinema is located at 5732 176 Street. Visit Facebook.com/clovacinema for more information.

The Clova opened in 1947.

A digital projector would have ushered in a new era for the Clova, but operator Craig Burghardt wasn’t able to secure a long-term lease with the building’s owner. The cinema had organized an inventive fundraising campaign in hopes of securing enough cash to modernize the projection system. But in March, it was announced the building had been sold to a church.

See related: “Don’t wait for the Clova’s Final Curtain,” June 19, and  Column: Cloverdale Without the Clova, March 19.

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