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The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret at 109 East Hastings Street was at the centre of Vancouver’s changing entertainment scene for decades. The venue adapted to the evolving tastes of Vancouverites, hosting a variety of musical acts, from big band to psychedelic rock to punk and alternative.
It all started in 1952 when Harvey Lowe, Albert Kwan, and Wong Kwong Gim opened the Smilin’ Buddha Dine and Dance nightclub, a long narrow space with a mirrored wall.
Presiding over the Cabaret entrance was Wallace Neon’s now well recognized smiling Buddha sign.