Clova hosts weekend of events before closing

CLOVERDALE – The Clova Cinema, as its known to its patrons, is closing its doors for good this weekend with a series of events to cap the theatre’s 67-year run.


The building was sold to Crossridge Church which, until recently, rented the space for their Sunday morning kids’ ministry. After its purchase, the church’s upcoming plans didn’t include keeping the cinema up and running, said Clova Cinema owner Craig Burghardt.


A hefty investment to upgrade the cinema’s projectors was an issue to keep the theatre in business, as well as dwindling sales.


According to Burghardt, the Clova enjoyed about half of the business this July than that of July 2013.


But the longtime owner of the Clova won’t have his cinema go out with a whimper.


The theatre has a three-day, action packed weekend planned, starting with a showing


of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Clova will host its own version of The Amazing Race, a well-known CBS reality show.


"Teams sign up and when they get there they’ll be given a list of clues to destinations around the little triangle we’ve made with the three highways," said Burghardt.


"You have to have a car, there will be 20 stops and each stop there’s a multiple choice trivia question you have to answer."


That evening, ABBA tribute band ABRAcadabra will perform at the theatre at 7:30 p.m. On its final day (Aug. 3), Burghardt will be auctioning off items from the Clova at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 604-574-1114.

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