February 9: Pantages Theatre opens; City Archives created; Golden Boy lowered.

February 9, 1914 - Pantages Playhouse Theatre on Market Street officially opens.

The building permit for the $180,000, 1700-seat Vaudeville theatre was taken out in July 1913. The architect was G. W. Northwood and the contractor J. McDiarmid Company.  

The land itself was owned by a group called the Unit Ownership Co. and leased to Pantages for 20 years. Opening night featured speeches by mayor Deacon and Alexander Pantages. The entertainment included jugglers, singers and Adgie and Her Lions.

The building is a provincial and national heritage site. 

For more, see my five part series on the history of Pantages Theatre !

February 9, 2002 - The Golden Boy is lowered from atop the Manitoba Legislature for refurbishment. 

February 9, 1874 - The City of Winnipeg Archives is created.

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