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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 Empire Theatres 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 Empire Theatres 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 Famous Players Orchard Plaza 5 Cinemas 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!

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hermangotlieb commented about Silver City Riverport Cinemas on Sep 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I remember going this theatre on opening night when Titanic premiered.

I think this theatre had the fourth or fifth highest ticket sales in North America during its first five or six months of operation.

People were driving in from all over the lower mainland to experience the first “Jumbo” megaplex.

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hermangotlieb commented about Famous Players Station Square Cinemas on Sep 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

That’s right. I forgot they actually had a Cineplex and Famous Players right across from one another. I guess this made sense at the time when each chain had exclusive rights from the major studios.

Famous Players had Warner Bros, Paramount, MGM, Touchstone, Disney and Cineplex Odeon had Universal, Orion, Columbia, Tri-Star, New Line.

These exclusive deals semmed to go out the window when the 18-plex Silver City theatres popped up.

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hermangotlieb commented about Van East Cinema on Sep 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

Back in March they sold off many of the seats and started dismantling the theatre and lobby (see pictures). Sad to see another theatre disappear.