Earthquake window film protects Canadian Heritage Building in Victoria, British Columbia

Earthquake window film protects Canadian Heritage Building in Victoria, British Columbia
January 22, 2015 Admin

The staff at Prodigy Window Films have extensive knowledge of all types of window films, and one of the many high profile jobs that they have completed was to one of Canada’s most historic buildings, The Royal Theatre located at 805 Broughton Street in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

During a recent seismic upgrade to this heritage building, a clear UV rejecting seismic safety window film was applied to all the common area glazing which wraps the north east and north west glass of the building. Stretching 2 stories in height, Prodigy Window Films installers carefully installed their product to the interior side of the glazing and secured it into place with a structural sealant creating an invisible safety curtain for many years to come.

So now when, not if, Victoria experiences an earthquake strong enough to break the glass, the fragmentation will be contained in the frame and not come crashing down inside the common lobbies. This type of window film installation protects people from potential injury and lowers the risk of property damage and post disaster clean up.

Description of Historic Place

The Royal Theatre is a large building distinguished by a four-storey tall decorative brick and terra cotta facade. It is located at the corner of Broughton and Blanshard Streets.

Heritage Value

The Royal Theatre, constructed in 1913 during the Victoria building boom, is valued as one of the grandest surviving examples of large-scale vaudeville theatre architecture in Canada. Its value lies in its major architectural features and in its historic function as a theatre for live performances.

Architecturally, it is the exterior treatment of this theatre’s Broughton Street facade which is considered to be its most exceptional design feature. The four storey scale, decorative diaper pattern of multi-coloured brickwork, and ornamental glazed terra cotta tile of this design are the key elements which set the Royal Theatre apart from other theatres of similar vintage across the country. It is one of the most significant and outstanding historic architectural landmarks outside of the Old Town District.

Although the Royal Theatre was used as a movie theatre for a period of time, its original purpose (in particular between 1913 and 1930) was for use as a facility for live dramatic, musical and vaudeville performances. The intact auditorium, which retains such authentic elements as bas-relief plasterwork, a cantilevered single balcony, and an intact orchestra pit, is reflective of the opulence and importance of the performing arts and public entertainment in the city in the early twentieth century. Originally constructed under the direction of the Victoria Opera House Company Ltd. (est. 1912), with funds supplied by a group of local entrepreneurs, it is significant that the Royal Theatre continues to be home to such local arts organizations as the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria. Royal Theatre continues to be an appropriate setting for generations of events central to the social and cultural life of Victoria.

The evolution of the Royal Theatre can be seen in lobby additions on the building’s east and west facades, added as part of an extensive rehabilitation and revitalization program which occurred in the 1980s.

Source: City of Victoria Planning and Development Department