Letters: Saying goodbye to The Clova

The Clova Cinema made ‘everyone feel like family,’ say patrons as Cloverdale's iconic movie house closes its doors.

Clova Cinema owner Craig Burghardt auctioned off movie memorabilia on the theatre's final day on Aug. 3. The theatre

Readers and residents are mourning the loss of the Clova Cinema, which closed last weekend after 67 years of operations in Cloverdale.

In a final newsletter to subscribers titled One Last Goodbye, Clova Cinema manager Samantha LeDrew revealed how staff gathered to share stories, took part in a scavenger hunt (posing on the roof for pictures) and watched a final movie by themselves.

http://webpapersadmin.bcnewsgroup.com/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/w35.jpg“And at the end of the night, we cleaned up one last time, turned off the projectors and the soundboard one last time, and turned off the lights, and locked the door,” she wrote.

Spotted on the marquee early this week was a message to patrons: “Thank you everyone for letting us be a part of your life,” it read.  “Best wishes. Love, the Clovamily.”

In return, we’d like to say thanks for the memories and magic. Main Street just won’t have the same sparkle without the Clova Cinema. You will be missed, but cherished.

Here are some of the comments our readers left at www.cloverdalereporter.com and on our Facebook Page about The Clova:

Thanks, from the heart

It is with great sadness that I see the end of my all-time favourite cinema, the Clova.

Thank you for all the great times – the sleepovers that my girls enjoyed as teenagers, the Tuesday nights out by myself or meeting my friends for a girls’ night out.

You were always the talk of the neighbourhood and made everyone feel like family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Craig Burghardt and Doris.

 

Irma Rempel

It’s a shame

It really is a shame that we are losing our small town theatre to those monster places. Always will have fond memories of this place.

Elaine Thompson

Losing an icon

Our hearts are heavy here at Cloverdale Pharmasave to see this iconic business disappear from the heart of Cloverdale.

 

Cloverdale Pharmasave

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