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Images: Here's what the historic Dunbar Theatre could look like after redevelopment

The original Art Deco facade will once again grace Dunbar

A new development has been proposed integrating the historic Dunbar Theatre into a modern mixed-use structure.

The GUD Group has proposed a new structure be built including many of the theatre's original 1935 Art Deco and Streamline Moderne elements, though pieces renovated in the 1960s would be demolished. 

"We will preserve and bring back the original 1934 facade, keeping 14 feet of the south concrete wall and as much of the facade as possible, however, the 1964 (renovation) covered up much of this with metal panel," states the developer in the proposal.

Parts of the interior will be saved as well, though without pictures of what it looked like the plan is to renovate the entrance as a "1930s-themed lobby."

"The proposal includes heritage designation and retention of the Dunbar Theatre, including the historic façade, theatre lobby, and select interior elements of the auditorium that are reinstated or replicated to match the original," reads the proposal on the City of Vancouver's website.

The buildings on either side of the theatre, including those south to West 30th Avenue, would be demolished for the project, including the current sites of Cheese Inn and Cake Bae.

The proposal includes restaurants in the new development as well.

"At street level a coffee shop will be located along Dunbar on the south and a restaurant to the north, to provide before and after movie amenities," states the proposal.

Aside from the commercial space and the theatre, 45 residential units are planned for the five-storey building. Of that, 24 will be two-bedroom units and 13 will be three-bedroom units. 

"Our aim is to create a space where residents and visitors can come together, appreciate the rich history of the Dunbar Theatre, and engage with the vibrant surrounding community," describes the GUD Group on its website for the project at 4555 Dunbar St.