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.) It was opened on June 19, 1987.

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

Contributed by Loralei

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DylanAsh
DylanAsh on July 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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 12:46 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
telliott on October 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

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
ScreenClassic on November 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

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

Granville 7 cinema closure threatens Vancouver International Film Festival

hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on December 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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

hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on March 8, 2014 at 12:32 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
hermangotlieb on March 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Here is the Global link to the water damage story:

http://globalnews.ca/video/1195937/granville-theatres-flooded-by-metal-thieves

rivest266
rivest266 on November 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm

2019 plan for the building.

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/855-granville-street-cineplex-rec-room-exterior?fbclid=IwAR2rEUWuKxJI2Yn2IPKBMcwyhyAcsbTsXufnMk8zSTc4m6wHE3Za8_FTShY

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