Silver City Riverport Cinemas

14211 Entertainment Way,
Richmond, BC V6W 1K4

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Silver City Riverport Cinemas

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The Riverport Cinemas was opened in 1997 by Famous Players with 12 screens. Six more screens and an IMAX theater were added in 1998. There was only sparse use of the IMAX theater through 2004. For the 19 auditoriums seating is listed at 4,508 with the smallest seating 168 and the largest 446.

Cineplex Odeon took over operations in 2005. The theater features first run attraction, stadium seating, and IMAX 3D.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

There are a few pictures of this theatre pn its page at CinemaTour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/ca/155.html

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on April 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

First theater in Canada with digital projection (Star Wars: Episode II in 2002). This location to be all digital this summer, and the IMAX theater will be converted to Ultra AVX digital projection.

hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on September 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

I remember going this theatre on opening night when Titanic premiered.

I think this theatre had the fourth or fifth highest ticket sales in North America during its first five or six months of operation.

People were driving in from all over the lower mainland to experience the first “Jumbo” megaplex.

rl_83
rl_83 on October 17, 2011 at 3:41 am

I remember the first six months well. They were cancelling new movies that were opening up that night ( it was a Friday and the film that was cancelled was Deep Rising ) to interlock Titanic on another screen.

The line ups were enormous and the ticket prices were very expensive for the time ( $9.75 ).

Very similar experience with the X-Files Movie later that year with the huge lineups. Everyone from the Suburbs got tired of watching films at theatres that hadn’t been updated in 15+ years and Stadium seating was a big deal!

I also experienced the 2002 1.3K DLP projection of Star Wars Episode II. It didn’t look like anything that is available today. Bright scenes looks like video and they were running a 35mm print in tandem with the DLP system because it was unreliable and the 35 would take over in the event of a breakdown.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Update: The IMAX 15/70 film system (screen #19) will be replaced with the IMAX Digital system in Spring 2012. Screen #1 will be converted to Ultra AVX, meaning that both AVX & IMAX will be in the same complex. Currently, screens 1-18 are all digital.

rl_83
rl_83 on May 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

The Imax film projector remains installed along side the digital system.

hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on July 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

The “Famous Players” lettering has been removed from the building as they are gradually rebranding it to Cineplex.

It will be sad when they finally phase out “Famous Players” as the name has been a film staple across Canada since the 1920s.

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