Dolphin Cinemas

4555 East Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC V5C

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Dolphin Cinemas

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The Dolphin Cinemas opened in 1965. It was operated by "A Theatre Near You".

Now operated by Hollywood 3 Cinemas.

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Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on November 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm

It certainly is a twin. Sean’s post and Mike Rivest’s movie-theatre.org make mention a third screen was added, but there’s no visual evidence in this dump there ever was a third screen.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on November 19, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Sean may have been getting this confused with the former Lougheed Mall three-plex, which had a large screen in the 700-seat region. This was also a cinema run by the small “A Theater Near You” chain.

Here are a set of photos I took while visiting in December. Just thinking of that center aisle, horrible common width screen and mono sound just gives me a headache. New seats are being installed in early December, and hopefully this is the start of many improvements.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2009 at 7:38 am

Photos of the Dolphin Cinema appeared in the February 20, 1967, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The theater was designed by architect J. Douglas Henderson.

The June 20, 1966, issue of Boxoffice names the original owners of the Dolphin as Muzzocco and Gervanni, and said that the house would reopen under Odeon management on June 23. This issue gave the seating capacity as 775, but the 1967 item said 750.

seanjung
seanjung on March 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

Jason: I’m very well aware of the Lougheed Mall triple theatre. The Lougheed Mall was originally opened by Famous Players and has always been a triple cinema. Before the Dolphin was operated by ATNY, it was briefly run by independents and they had added a third screen. How they did it, I’m uncertain as I never attended the cinema during this short lived venture. After sitting dark, ATNY reopened it as a twin.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on April 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hey Sean,

I apologize for the error in my last posting. I just find it REALLY strange. On my visit there in 2008, I could not find any evidence that a third screen was ever there. Perhaps it was added to another section of the building but was not permitted to for one reason or another? Very, very odd.

Curious how this cinema is doing now, and if they put in new seats as they had promised. It really was a dive the last time I visited.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on April 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Also, I really wanted to visit the Lougheed Triple (closed in 2000, I think?) and from what I could tell they were three huge cinemas, especially #1 which seated nearly 800 people.

seanjung
seanjung on February 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Chuck1231: The Dolphin has been a twin cinema for as long as I can remember. The operators at times may stagger different first-run movies at different times on the same screen, hence the confusion. The Triple cinema concept at one time was very short lived – about 3 months when an Independent ran the theatre.

rl_83
rl_83 on October 18, 2011 at 5:23 am

Weekend Matinees start times show they have only two screens.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Described in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on October 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I read that this theatre is slated to close any time now.

There has been an explosion of re-development in this area of town and this property is to be demolished and turned into mixed condo/retail.

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