Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade

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

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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.

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hermangotlieb on November 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

It looks like Landmark Cinemas has now taken over the Esplanade 6 from Empire.

DavidDymond on November 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

MickeyDeez79 — You are correct the Empire brand was absolutely nothing compared to Famous Players. Empire were real cheap operators of theatres and they are finally getting out of the business. Empire Theatres actually started out as a partner of Famous Players in the Maritimes — Maritimes Theatres Limited as well as F. G. Spencer theatres Co. Limited.

hermangotlieb on November 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Does anyone know if Landmark is planning any remodeling?

I guess at this stage of the game it’s not worth plugging a lot of money into an old-school theatre.

SilverPlaqueVII on January 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Now renamed to Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade.

grandcameo on May 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

I love these Famous Players 1980’s era “streetscape theatres.” Glad to see this one is still up and running.

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.

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