What the hell IS that?!? Episode 1
There are a number of places around the GVRD that every time I pass them I find myself thinking, “What the heck is that, anyway?” — or, after a number of years have taken some of the edge off the curiosity, at least, “I still haven’t ever looked up what that building is about.”
Today I found myself once more standing on the street corner of Beresford and Wilson, in Burnaby, staring up at a building I’ve seen probably hundreds of times now from the Skytrain (between the Patterson and Metrotown stops), and which I never got around to researching.
I’ve had plenty of theories of course, and I’m sure you have as well.
Closed skating rink?
Old grocery store?
Industrial building of some sort?
Single screen theatre?
Oddly placed aircraft hangar?
So today, having the advantage of being on the ground and being able to make note of the building’s exact address, I thought I’d finally tackle this one, once and for all. It also occurred to me that I’m probably not the only one that wanted to know, and this could be the beginning of a whole series I think (let us know in the comments if you have any good ones of your own).
So what’s the answer?
A film studio! [link] At least most recently, anyway (it still could have been a skating rink once in its past — I haven’t ruled that out).
Google indicates that a number of studios and film-related businesses have called the building home in recent years, including:
Lens Flair Studios,
. . . and the creatively named 6130 Studios.
Not sure what any of these studios produced or contributed to, but I’m sure a little more research could dig something up.
As far as I can tell, the building is currently vacant, and has been for several years, but has a For Sale sign for any budding film industry entrepreneurs (or even anyone who needed a spare location to keep your 500 gallon marine reef tank, for that matter).