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hermangotlieb commented about Capitol 6 Theatre on Mar 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

To BCexpatriate

Here is the Google newspaper archive for the Vancouver Sun. The coverage is very spotty and ends around 1987 but it does feature the paper cover-to-cover.

They are all organized by decade and then by year.

Be prepared to lose a few hours as it’s quite interesting to see how many theatres there were back then and, unlike today, how few theatres showed the same movie.

Here is the link:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ifIdVpG6JtcC&hl=en

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Theatres Victoria on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

I walked by the Capitol 6 last week and noticed they had cleaned up the lobby considerably. They moved out all of the over-grown dead plants, the ATM machines etc.

With new owners, it looks like it won’t be too long before it meets the wrecking ball. It’s too bad.

At least there are contributors who were generous enough to share a wealth of photos that covers just about every square-inch of this building!

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hermangotlieb commented about Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade on Feb 18, 2016 at 5:37 am

I think the best example of this architectural era that is still open for business is the Cineplex Kildonan in Winnipeg, which from the pictures I have seen looks very similar to the old Richmond Centre 6.

They have re-branded it as Cineplex but the rest of it still looks intact…for now.

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hermangotlieb commented about Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade on Nov 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Station Square Famous Players was a good example too but I would have to respectfully disagree that it was the best example. Built in 1988, it was an earlier model that, I think, they improved upon in the following years.

Richmond Centre 6 had the high (24 foot?) ceilings that allowed the designers to install those tall, art-deco inspired neon entrance ways.

Sure, it wasn’t the “Stanley” on Granville but for a shopping mall multiplex theatre it was much better designed and thought-out than it probably needed to be.

I haven’t seen the interior of the Famous Players Prince George, but I imagine it may look very similar to Richmond Centre.

Unfortunately these were the last of the more elegant designs which eventually paved-way for the bloated, juvenile-inspired, kiddie-park designs that were Silver City.

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hermangotlieb commented about Stanley Theatre on Sep 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm

It’s hard to believe that huge films such “The Empire Strikes Back” used to open up on just one screen in a city as big as Vancouver.

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hermangotlieb commented about Paradise Theatre on Aug 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

Joe’s Apartment has now become “The Studio” once again! The new owners have opened The Studio Records which is a night club/record store that lovingly recreates the original “Studio” neon sign.

It’s still not a movie theatre but it adds some much needed retro-style neon to the Granville strip.

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hermangotlieb commented about Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade on Jul 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

I agree these were great-looking theatres they built the late 1980s, early 1990s.

The Richmond Centre 6 was probably the best local example with its elaborate use of neon signage and grand entrances to each cinema. It was demolished and replaced with a food court back in 2011.

Along with the Esplanade, the only other ones remaining that I know of are one in Kelowna, Prince Rupert and the Kildonan in Winnipeg.

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Theatres Victoria on Apr 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

Thanks for posting all those pictures, it’s great to have an extensive photographic record of this theatre.

I really like the glass and brick architecture of this particular theatre that was very unique and different than any other multiplex theatre I’ve seen.

The current Silvercity brand theatres all use the same dull blueprint designs right across the country.

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Granville 7 Cinemas on Mar 10, 2014 at 12:54 am

Here is the Global link to the water damage story:

http://globalnews.ca/video/1195937/granville-theatres-flooded-by-metal-thieves

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Granville 7 Cinemas on Mar 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm

The Granville 7 just suffered extensive water damage caused from metal thieves who stripped out the wiring and broke a water pipe in the process.

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Theatres Victoria on Feb 27, 2014 at 2:50 am

I walked by the Capitol 6 the other day and peered in the window. Oddly enough, the place looked completely intact as if it was just closed for the evening.

The ATM and ticket machines were even still in place.

The only sign it was closed were all the dead leaves from the plants that were left to die in the lobby.

Usually these theatres are completely stripped clean within just a couple of days of closing.

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hermangotlieb commented about Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade on Nov 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

Does anyone know if Landmark is planning any remodeling?

I guess at this stage of the game it’s not worth plugging a lot of money into an old-school theatre.

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hermangotlieb commented about Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade on Nov 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

It looks like Landmark Cinemas has now taken over the Esplanade 6 from Empire.

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hermangotlieb commented about Stanley Theatre on Mar 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

rl_83, I stand corrected. I looked up some old Vancouver Sun microfilms from 1991 and The Stanley did close in September.

I guess my memory isn’t what it used to be…

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hermangotlieb commented about Park Theatre on Feb 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

The sale to Cineplex sounded a bit odd to me as well. Cineplex is a big fish that builds stadium-seat megaplexes, why would they want to sink money into 2 outdated theatres that run art films?

My guess is they will run them for a short period of time and then close them, striking two more theatres off their list of competitors. The properties are in good locations ripe for retail/condo development.

Cineplex is also building a huge megaplex at the foot of Cambie street along the Canada Line Skytrain which is easily accessible to the surrounding neighbourhood of the Park theatre.

I guess we’ll see what develops.

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hermangotlieb commented about 5th Avenue Cinemas on Feb 17, 2013 at 3:48 am

Leonard Schein and Tom Lightburn, owners of the Park and the 5th Avenue Cinemas, have announced they have sold both theatres to Cineplex. The sale will be completed in March.

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hermangotlieb commented about Park Theatre on Feb 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

Leonard Schein and Tom Lightburn, owners of the Park and Festival Cinemas, have announced they have sold both theatres to Cineplex. The sale will be completed in March 2013.

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hermangotlieb commented about Empire Granville 7 Cinemas on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:20 am

Here is a link for a terrific website showing the dismantling of the Granville Seven.

WARNING: The following pictures contain graphic images that will offend anyone who loved this theatre.

http://adventuresinmikeslife.blogspot.ca/2012/11/granville-7-theater-interior-demolition.html

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hermangotlieb commented about Paramount Theatre on Dec 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Here is an article about the removal of the ironic Paramount sign.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Iconic+Chilliwack+theatre+sign+comes+down/7591639/story.html

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hermangotlieb commented about Dolphin Cinemas on Oct 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I read that this theatre is slated to close any time now.

There has been an explosion of re-development in this area of town and this property is to be demolished and turned into mixed condo/retail.

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hermangotlieb commented about Denman Place Cinema on Sep 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Unfortunately this theatre is slated to close, once again, at the end of September, 2012. Rumor is it will be home to a new Dollarama store. Pretty sad.

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hermangotlieb commented about Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm

One of the very few theatres in BC that still have the Famous Players branding, which have been slowly changed to Cineplex.

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hermangotlieb commented about Silver City Riverport Cinemas on Jul 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

The “Famous Players” lettering has been removed from the building as they are gradually rebranding it to Cineplex.

It will be sad when they finally phase out “Famous Players” as the name has been a film staple across Canada since the 1920s.

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hermangotlieb commented about Paradise Theatre on Sep 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

I still remember going to this theatre on its opening night. They rented a pair of powerful spotlights which waved back and forth in the air.

The opening films were The Naked Gun and Twins.

The theatre was the best deal in town. They ran three movies and charged $2.50 which allowed you to see all three movies plus you could see two of the movies a second time if you wanted.

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hermangotlieb commented about Stanley Theatre on Sep 25, 2011 at 5:01 am

I think the last film to play at this theatre was “The Marrying Man” in early 1991.

Considering it was best theatre in Vancouver, that was kind of a sour note to leave off on!