Hub and Lux, 1958

Fred Herzog, photographer


Equinox Gallery

2321 Granville Street

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

  • Canada Good 5y

    Looking northwest from the corner of Columbia Street at East Hastings.
    The 'Drugs' sign at left is still in use. The Dodson has been the 'New Dodson' as long as I can remember.
    Herzog must have been on a mission to capture all the White Lunch cafeterias.
    I think there were three.
  • Tom, London 4y

    What an excellent historic photograph by Fred Herzog. He is a genius who is the only person to record by way of photographs old Vancouver. I sometimes went to the Lux Theatre in the late 1960's/early 70's. The Lux theatre had double-feature movies there, the admission price to which being very little. Some patrons went there to sleep or spend the day away from the cold weather. The sleazy atmosphere there was unique. It seems like a lifetime ago, but here will never be a venue like the Lux Theatre again, in terms of sleaze and atmosphere.
  • David Raun 3y

    After the LUX stopped showing movies it was an after hours / Raver club... and I set shows up there occasionally with the very shady operators.... The electrical service was 3 phase Delta style.. hard to tap into for extra lighting and sound. the building is gone the lot it was on is now social housing also named The LUX Apartments. The White Lunch building next door was recently renovated. AHA Media in town did a little piece on the White Lunch and on their website provided a bit of history.

    " Background Information of the White Lunch Cafeteria Chain:

    A number of White Lunch restaurants operated in the city. Other locations included 865 Granville, 737 West Pender, and 714 West Pender.

    The White lunch name reflected a policy of serving and hiring only white people. The civic government of the 1930s reinforced racism in the culinary industry by passing a 1937 ordinance that prohibited white women from working in Chinatown. Whites believed they had a properly appointed place in the Darwinist order and needed to protect white women from “lascivious Orientals.” A delegation of 16 waitresses from 3 restaurants marched to City Hall on September 24, 1937 to protest the ordinance but the mayor refuse them a hearing. Restaurant proprietors had their licenses revoked if they failed to observe the civic ruling.

    In 1939, white women were allowed to work in Chinese-owned restaurants that served only “English meals to English customers.” When Vancouver’s white society recognized China as an enemy and victim of the aggressor and an ally of democracy in WWII, racism against Chinese residents began to dissipate. Workers struck at all White Lunch locations on April 27, 1937, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. They won their strike when customers refused to cross the picket line.

    Despite the victory, union employees continued to suffer harassment from management. In response to the intense victimization, the Hotel and Restaurant Employees’ Union placed the restaurant chain on its respected “unfair to labour” list. A high-turnover rate and fierce “union-busting” saw the workers fighting for a new contract within six months."
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