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The Downtown Movie Lounge was originally called the City Centre Cinemas when Famous Players first opened it in 1971.
Downtown Movie Lounge (includes previous names)
The Brookfield Drive-In may have shown porn movies in its early years, but most of the movies shown there later on were of the mainstream Hollywood variety. The link below shows what kind of movies this drive-in had playing back in its time:
Nooks & Crannies – The Brookfield Drive-in
Landmark closed the Coronet Theatre on March 16, 1998. Here’s the ad from its last day of operation:
Prince George Citizen – March 16, 1998 (page 19)
And the ad for the Coronet from the following day (which has the word “CLOSED” plastered over the ad):
Prince George Citizen – March 17, 1998 (page 27)
The Landmark Esplanade has closed as of last month.
Landmark Cinemas Esplanade 6 – Roll Credits
My thought about this is the Esplanade may have closed because of some recent talk about a new multiplex being built at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. If true, then it’s likely that the new multiplex is probably already under construction and the Esplanade closed in order to make way for that.
Any word yet on a specific date for the Capitol 6’s reopening? We’re into September now and still no sign of activity.
This drive-in should actually be called the Cape Breton Drive-In, not the Cape Benton.
Nova Scotia theatre listings (page 21)
The Famous Players 6 opened on November 21, 1997. Link below:
Prince George Citizen, November 21, 1997 (Page 13 – “Movie-goers get smorgasbord at Parkwood Place complex”)
According to the Cineplex website, this theatre has recently been renamed as the Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza, so that’s another theatre that has just lost the Famous Players brand.
Famous Players closed the Plaza 400 on October 1, 1992, and it was reopened by Landmark as the Coronet just over two months later on December 11, 1992. Links below:
Prince George Citizen, October 1, 1992 (movie listings on page 27 – the movies “Twin Peaks” and “Innocent Blood” are announced as ending Thursday at the Plaza 400, with no listings for that theatre thereafter)
Prince George Citizen, October 2, 1992 (front page article – “Famous Players fades to black”)
Prince George Citizen, December 10, 1992 (movie listings on page 32 – announcing opening movies for December 11 at the reopened Coronet)
The Spruceland closed its doors on September 30, 1992. See links below:
Prince George Citizen, October 1, 1992 (movie listings on page 27 – lists the movie “Unforgiven” as having ended on Wednesday, with no listings for the Spruceland thereafter)
Prince George Citizen, October 2, 1992 (front page article – Famous Players fades to black)
Status should be set to Closed. The Metropolitan Theatres website no longer lists the Garibladi 5 among its theatres, and the photo above shows a For Lease sign out front. The theatre’s Facebook page was last updated in October 2012, so the theatre may have closed around that time.
Garibaldi 5 Cinema Facebook page
Status should be set to Demolished, as there is now a condo-retail development standing on the old Van East Cinema site as seen in the Google street view.
Status should be set to Closed. The Jan closed on August 14, 2014 and it is no longer listed in Landmark’s listings.
Status should be changed to Closed. The Paramount is no longer listed at the Landmark website, as the theatre closed its doors on March 28 with plans to redevelop it as a restaurant and possibly other retail (stories below):
Kelowna’s Paramount Theatre will Close at the End of March
Historic Paramount Theatre in Kelowna to be redeveloped as restaurant
Also per my earlier post, in the other story linked below, it states that Landmark acquired the Paramount from Famous Players in 1987:
Final movie showings for Paramount Theatre revealed
The River City (according to its showtimes and to the photo above) has since expanded to four screens since Magic Lantern took it over in 2011.
Status for the Pantages should read Demolished, as it shows in the current Google street view that there is currently new construction up at the old Pantages site. The theatre was demolished in 2011, according to CinemaTour – [link]
Here’s the updated link for the linked photo of the Capitol from 1936.
Never did catch this movie in theatres when it was first out, but I did see it on TV a few times under the name Escape 2000.
The former Eagle Ridge Cinemas space has since been renovated into a fitness gym, Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness, as seen in the current Google Maps street view.
According to the picture above, the theatre changed to its present name as the Roxy in 1952.
According to the May 17, 1991 edition of the Prince George Citizen (link below), it was reported that the Parkwood Theatre had closed two days earlier on May 15, as part of the planned expansion of the Parkwood Mall which would necessitate the theatre’s demolition:
Prince George Citizen – May 17, 1991 (Page 1, “Mall expansion plans under way”)
The Arcturus Theatre’s website is located here:
This photo must’ve been taken shortly after the theatre closed, as it was already closed when I first saw it on a trip to Victoria in 1989. Looks great.
Status should now be listed as demolished. The current Google street view shows construction going on at the site of the old Dolphin.
The Apollo Cinema website is listed here: