Empire Granville 7 Cinemas

855 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7

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The Former Empire Granville 7 Cinemas

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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MagicLantern on March 18, 2011 at 1:18 am

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 6:32 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 8:46 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 5:31 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 9:41 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 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.


hermangotlieb on March 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.

hermangotlieb on March 10, 2014 at 12:54 am

Here is the Global link to the water damage story:


rivest266 on November 25, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Opened on June 19th, 1987. Grand opening ad posted.

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