COQUITLAM, B.C. (October 2, 2013) – As announced on July 3, 2013, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) is renovating and rebranding Boulevard Casino to become the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver with plans to unveil the new brand and renovations in late 2013. As part of the property’s transformation, the Red Robinson Show Theatre will be renamed at that time to align the theatre with the new Hard Rock Casino branding.
Since its opening in 2006, the theatre has become a well-known and respected venue for live entertainment in Metro Vancouver. “Great Canadian Gaming wishes to thank Mr. Robinson for his involvement, dedication and contribution over the years. As we move forward we will continue to recognize and honour Mr. Robinson’s incredible musical and broadcast history with a memorabilia showcase at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver,” said Peter Goudron, Senior Vice President, Operations – West, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.
Red Robinson’s legacy dates back to the 1950’s when he started his career as the first DJ to play Rock and Roll music in Canada. With numerous career highlights, some of the best and most memorable moments included meeting the legendary Buddy Holly and being the official emcee for Elvis’s appearance in Vancouver. Perhaps his proudest achievement was his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. With such a robust radio and broadcast career, Robinson continues to dedicate his time to his passion and hosts a weekly show on AM650, Red Rock Diner.
“It is great to have been personally recognized at such an iconic venue as the theatre at the Boulevard Casino,” said Robinson. “I wish everyone associated with the new Hard Rock Casino Vancouver the best of success as they launch the new property and I look forward to some of my memorabilia being showcased as part of the musical collection that will be so important to the new facility.”
The 1100 seat theatre opened on September 16, 2006 with a performance by Little Richard. Over the years, the theatre hosted a wide variety of acts including performances by Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Adam Lambert, comedians Jay Leno, Bill Maher and many others.
ABOUT HARD ROCK CASINO VANCOUVER
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will be situated in the thriving City of Coquitlam, British Columbia in Metro Vancouver and home to unparalleled entertainment, dining and gaming offerings. With an 80,000 square foot casino floor, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will offer more than 950 interactive slot machines and popular table games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker, pai gow, craps, VIP high limit salons and others. With multiple performance spaces including a state-of-the-art 1,100 seat theatre, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will boast the best in music, comedy, performance arts, and as well as local artists making their mark in the entertainment world. To complement the gaming and entertainment experience, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will serve a variety of culinary options and will be home to chefs that will dish up unique and flavourful fare in a modern atmosphere. Whether looking to indulge in breakfast, small bites before a concert or looking to enjoy the bar scene with a drink in hand, the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will have something for everyone.
The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation under license from HRHH IP, LLC (“HRHH”), an affiliate of Brookfield Property Partners. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is the flagship property owned by an affiliate of HRHH*.
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