Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade

200 W. Esplanade Street,
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A4

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Second floor panorama

The Esplanade 6 Cinemas was opened by the Famous Players chain in 1990. The smallest auditorium has 194 seats and the largest 348 seats.

Empire Theatres took over in September 2005. They featured a ‘Real Deal Tuesday’, when prices were almost half price. It was taken over by Landmark Cinemas in 2013. It was closed in September 2016. It was taken over by Cineplex Cinemas in October 2016. It was closed on April 2, 2019.

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hermangotlieb on July 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

I agree these were great-looking theatres they built the late 1980s, early 1990s.

The Richmond Centre 6 was probably the best local example with its elaborate use of neon signage and grand entrances to each cinema. It was demolished and replaced with a food court back in 2011.

Along with the Esplanade, the only other ones remaining that I know of are one in Kelowna, Prince Rupert and the Kildonan in Winnipeg.

rl_83 on September 23, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Herman, don’t forgot about Station Square 7, that theatre was probably the best out of those builds.

hermangotlieb on November 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

Station Square Famous Players was a good example too but I would have to respectfully disagree that it was the best example. Built in 1988, it was an earlier model that, I think, they improved upon in the following years.

Richmond Centre 6 had the high (24 foot?) ceilings that allowed the designers to install those tall, art-deco inspired neon entrance ways.

Sure, it wasn’t the “Stanley” on Granville but for a shopping mall multiplex theatre it was much better designed and thought-out than it probably needed to be.

I haven’t seen the interior of the Famous Players Prince George, but I imagine it may look very similar to Richmond Centre.

Unfortunately these were the last of the more elegant designs which eventually paved-way for the bloated, juvenile-inspired, kiddie-park designs that were Silver City.

theatrefan on January 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

Ah yes the Famous Players streetscape theatre concept, these definitely became obsolete well before their time thanks to the stadium seating craze that took over the market place. It’s really a shame because these theatres were really well executed & thought out in their design and unifying theme principals. A concept that Gensler Group took and ran with for their Sony Theatres Lincoln Square complex in NYC which opened in November 1994. Petroff Partnership of Toronto help design these complexes along with the in house design department of Famous Players at the time. I wish there were design blueprints or architectural photos around that would help document these complexes better.

hermangotlieb on February 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I think the best example of this architectural era that is still open for business is the Cineplex Kildonan in Winnipeg, which from the pictures I have seen looks very similar to the old Richmond Centre 6.

They have re-branded it as Cineplex but the rest of it still looks intact…for now.

ScreenClassic on October 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

The Landmark Esplanade has closed as of last month.

Landmark Cinemas Esplanade 6 – Roll Credits

My thought about this is the Esplanade may have closed because of some recent talk about a new multiplex being built at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. If true, then it’s likely that the new multiplex is probably already under construction and the Esplanade closed in order to make way for that.

cinema3000 on October 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Cineplex will take over this theatre according to its internal job listings. The theatre will be called “Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade” and they are currently hiring staff and management for this location. I do work for Cineplex.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Glad to hear that Cineplex is coming to the rescue, I hope they won’t mess with or change any of the Famous Players design features that still exist in this location. There aren’t that many like this one left in Canada.

hermangotlieb on October 8, 2016 at 8:50 am

I imagine they won’t want to put too much money into an older theatre like this.

Much like the Orchard Park Kelowna renovation they will probably just update it to modern reclining seats, change the signage to Cineplex and maybe put new carpeting in.

I guess we’ll find out on October 14 when it re-opens.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on March 28, 2019 at 12:29 am

Closing on April 2nd, 2019 as a newer Cineplex location is opening nearby at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.


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