Downtown Victoria Tour
Yates Street – 500 Block

564 Yates Street

564 Yates Street was built circa 1861 as Nathaniel Moore’s Dry Goods store. It is currently occupied by Hughes Clothing Ltd.

In 1909, architect Thomas Hooper renovated this building was renovated into the Majestic Theatre, the first movie theatre in downtown Victoria. The current facade is the result of a 1917 renovation under architect C. Elwood Watkins.

564 Yates Street, built circa 1861

564 Yates Street, built circa 1861

Here is a map showing the location of 564 Yates Steet:

Here is a Google Street View image of 564 Yates Street


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Additional Information About 564 Yates Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2019): $1,635,000; Land $827,000; Buildings $808,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $1,396,000; Land $785,000; Buildings $611,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,288,000; Land $713,000; Buildings $575,000

A Brief History of 564 Yates Street

564 Yates Street was built circa 1861 as Nathaniel Moore’s Dry Goods store. It is currently occupied by Hughes Clothing Ltd.

In 1909, architect Thomas Hooper renovated this building into the Majestic Theatre, the first movie theatre in downtown Victoria. The current facade is the result of a 1917 renovation under architect C. Elwood Watkins.

Here are links to some historic photographs of 564 Yates Street:

Here are some links to Historic Victoria Advertisements featuring 564 Yates Street:

Advertisement for the Majestic Theatre (now 564 Yates Street) in March 1962 (Victoria Online Sightseeing collection)

Advertisement for the Majestic Theatre (now 564 Yates Street) in March 1916 (Victoria Online Sightseeing collection)

1916 Advertisement For The Majestic Theatre

The main feature was Mr. Meeson’s Will, a 1915 silent movie adaptation of the 1888 novel by H. Rider Haggard, starring Florence La Badie.

Also noteworthy is the “COMING!” attraction: Bred In The Bone, starring Dorothy Gish, the younger sister of actress Lillian Gish.

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