Stanley Theatre

2750 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6H 3J3

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Built in 1931 for the Famous Players circuit. It closed as a movie theatre in September 1991. Now a live theatre, it is a well maintained example of a neighbourhood theatre for the period.

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rl_83 on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

It couldn’t have been The Marrying Man.

That film had a release date of April 1991, The Stanley closed in September 1991, after running “ The Rocketeer ” all summer in 70mm.

I am sure the last film they played on closing night was the 1990 version of “ Fantasia ” in 70mm.

CSWalczak on July 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

Some pictures of the Stanley from the City of Vancouver Archives (all will enlarge if clicked upon): View link View link View link

hermangotlieb on March 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

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…

DavidDymond on March 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

This theatre was built for Mr. Frederick Guest, a theatre operator from Ontario. After a few years of independent theatre operation, Famous Players Canadian Corporation acquired control of this theatre!!

BCexpatriate on May 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I remember this great theater so well…saw many classic films there, including ‘Star Wars’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom’, and ‘Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade’. This theater had a sound system superior to many modern ones, in addition to being extremely well maintained. I was disgusted with Famous Players for abandoning it and with then-Vancouver mayor Gordon Campbell for trying to sell it off to his developer friends. Glad to see it is well maintained, though it no longer shows movies of any sort.

rl_83 on May 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm

It doesn’t surprise me that the town drunk tried to kill it.

The Stanley at that point, and even later on when it was THX certified in 1985, was a top notch building head to toe. The Chain treated the building with TLC, and technically, it was probably better than most of the newer complexes built today.

Rumor has it that they moved the THX system over to Station Square #1 “ Bijou ” after the Stanley closed. I do find this hard to believe, as the Station Square opened with this screen already certified some three years earlier.

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Stanley Theatre in 70mm 6-Track THX Dolby Stereo SR beginning on Friday June 21, 1991 (the film’s nationwide release date).

hermangotlieb on September 13, 2015 at 2:54 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.

rl_83 on May 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm

It was standard fare! I used to work with someone who managed the Vogue during the run of Jedi in 83, he said the lineups were down the block and then some.

DavidZornig on August 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Circa 1951 photo added courtesy of the Hemmings Motor News Facebook page.

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