West Vancouver Cinemas

1565 Marine Drive,
Vancouver, BC V6P 2Z7

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West Vancouver Cinemas

This theater opened as the Odeon in 1957 and was twinned in 1974 and later known as the West Vancover Cinemas. Cinema 1 was twinned in 1980 and then in 1991 the West Van closed.

Cineplex Odeon owned the West Van, which upon its shuttering had 1,002 seats with three movie screens and over 300 seats in each cinema.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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seanjung on August 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm

here was much opposition to the Vancouver Centre project at the time because it meant the destruction to the Strand, The Birks Building and the loss to an iconic restaurant called Scott’s Cafe. The developers would not budge on the design. The Birks Building clock was restored and relocated to a new location and a White Spot Restaurant, which was part of the Vancouver Centre, is located where the Strand once stand.

telliott on August 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Interesting information about the Vancouver Centre cinemas, but what does it have to do with the Odeon West Van??

seanjung on August 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

sorry. it was intended for the Strand theater entry. I write my text first in Microsoft Word then copy and paste.

In any case, West Vancouver Odeon actually opened in 1947 known simply as the Odeon. It was renamed West Van in 1957. Twinned in 1974 and converted to Triplex in 1980. It was designed by Jay English. When it first opened, the exterior and interior walls, ticket and concession counters were clad with stone work. In fact, the design was very monotone and modern, devoid of any ornamentation. However, English did incorporate an flaired front wall which is typical in many of his designs. I would hardly characterized the original design as being Art Deco. Seating capacity for the theater was 768.

ScreenClassic on December 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

This theatre was located on 1565 Marine Drive in West Vancouver and should be moved to that city’s subsection. It was also listed as the Odeon West Vancouver on its marquee in later years and should be identified as such here.

BCexpatriate on June 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

ScreenClassic is right; the official name for this theater in papers was ‘West Van Odeon’. I saw many movies here as it was 1 of only 2 theaters on the North Shore (the other being Park Royal, also long since closed). I remember seeing ‘Return of the Jedi’ more than once at this theater.

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