Empire Granville 7 Cinemas

855 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7

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VIFF 2006

This is the last bastion of glory on Vancouver’s Theatre Row. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, there were a minimum of 20 movie theatres along several blocks of Granville Street. Now, in 2007, there is only one left. It is appropriately named the Granville. It was Cineplex Odeon’s mid-1980’s seven screen showpiece that was built to replace the Coronet Twin and the Odeon. (The latter is now the Plaza nightclub.)

In 2006 it became a discount theatre. It shows second run films and artsy/obscure fare. It is still a very beautiful theatre and well worth a trip downtown. It closed on November 4, 2012.

Contributed by Loralei

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Stygien on October 12, 2009 at 6:13 am

Die Hard and The Big Blue were released a month apart, they might not have been at Granville at the same time.

Michael is still right, two screens were equiped for 70mm presentation. The projectors for auditoriums 2 and 7 are the original Victoria 8’s by Cinemeccanica from the building’s opening and still have sprockets and rollers that can accomodate both 70mm and 35mm film, but not enough equipment to play 70mm today.

Cineplex built Granville over three properties: the Palms Hotel as the south end, the Coronet Theatre as the north end, and miscellaneous store x that was in between.

The Palms Hotel is interesting in its own right as it was originally built in the early 20th century, then called ‘Almond Block’. The facade is currently protected as heritage. The relief on the north facade (dubbed “The Dancer”, from the days of the Paradise Theatre) is considered heritage, but has no protection and can be demolished.

lovitz on February 14, 2010 at 12:29 am

The only equipment I’m aware of that is missing is the Magnetic penthouses from the Vic 8s. Why they were removed? I don’t know. The projectors do not have turrets installed on them, which is a common modification to do to these projectors, in which the magnetic heads have to be removed for real estate reasons.

MagicLantern on March 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

2404 seats, with the breakdown – from auditorium #1 through #7 – as follows: 294/338/329/324/225/230/664.

DylanAsh on July 3, 2011 at 1:32 am

I visited Vancouver in 1996 and saw The Cable Guy at the Granville. A nice memory.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on October 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

Empire Granville 7 will be closing on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 after a South Asian film festival rental. This leaves downtown Vancouver with only TWO cinemas (Scotiabank 9 and International Village 12, both Cineplex) as of November.

telliott on October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Sad to hear about the Granville 7, the only one left on the once thriving “theatre row” on Granville st. Of all the theatres I’ve been to in Vancouver, I never did get to this one. Now downtown Vancouver will be just like downtown Chicago and Boston which only has 2 multiplex locations in each city. End of an era I guess.

ScreenClassic on November 26, 2012 at 4:41 am

Status should read closed. The theatre closed is doors on November 4.

Granville 7 cinema closure threatens Vancouver International Film Festival

hermangotlieb on December 4, 2012 at 1:20 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.


hermangotlieb on March 8, 2014 at 3:32 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.

hermangotlieb on March 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Here is the Global link to the water damage story:


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