Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade

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

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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.

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 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.

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.

SilverPlaqueVII on January 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Now renamed to Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade.

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.

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 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

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

ScreenClassic on June 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Plans have been announced by the Empire chain to sell the Esplanade 6 to Landmark Cinemas as part of Empire’s splitting of its theatres between Landmark (20 locations in western Canada and Ontario) and Cineplex Odeon (24 locations in Atlantic Canada and two in Ontario) as Empire quits the theatre business. Full story below:

Empire leaves movie theatre business with sale to Cineplex and Landmark

MickeyDeez79 on February 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

I surely did miss this theater when it was Famous Players. I remember my dad making me and my brother to this movie theater back in the day. I like this theater and I still occasionally go here with friends and my brothers, but I do not really like the Empire brand. Not that I hate it, but it does not hold a candle on Famous Players.

Stygien on October 12, 2009 at 5:20 am

Boasts six 35mm projectors and two digital 3D projectors.

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Jason Whyte on November 19, 2008 at 10:50 am

Here is a link to some photos of the Empire Esplanade 6 (that name just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) including auditoriums and seat counts.