Paradise Theatre

919 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3

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Towne Cinema 1981

Originally opened as the Studio Theatre, it was renamed Paradise Theatre in March 1989. Operating as a second-run movie theatre, it was closed in around February 2000.

It was converted into a nightclub named ‘Tonic’, by 2013 it had become a bar named Joe’s Apartment.

Contributed by Ken Moffatt

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hermangotlieb
hermangotlieb on September 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I still remember going to this theatre on its opening night. They rented a pair of powerful spotlights which waved back and forth in the air.

The opening films were The Naked Gun and Twins.

The theatre was the best deal in town. They ran three movies and charged $2.50 which allowed you to see all three movies plus you could see two of the movies a second time if you wanted.

seanjung
seanjung on July 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

Was also once a porn theatre called Eve. Reverted to mainstream movies as Lyric and later Towne before becoming the Princess. One notable event was that as the Lyric, it ran the uncensored version of Caligula for a full year.

Splashcat66
Splashcat66 on January 30, 2013 at 12:49 am

919 Granville was once again “Studio” between Towne and Paradise.. no giant S though http://vancouverneon.com/images3/herzog/studio1958.jpg

rl_83
rl_83 on August 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Now known as “ Joe’s Apartment ”, yet another bar on Granville.

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Man imagine playing CALIGUA uncut for a year?

rl_83
rl_83 on September 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

The Lyric didn’t have an easy time running Caligula, I remember years ago doing research on Vancouver theatres, coming across an article about the protests over the screening of this film. I’m sure that led to the longevity of the run. This was around 1981.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on September 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This theatre originally called The Studio, was a unit of Twenthieth Century Theatres, an operating partner of Famous Players Canadian Corporation!!

Splashcat66
Splashcat66 on October 1, 2013 at 3:30 am

Studio/Eve/Lyric/Towne/Studio/Paradise/Tonic/Joe' Apartment.

Caligula was the first movie when the name changed to Towne. I uploaded a Vancouver Sun clipping.

Google bernice gerard towne for a July 1981 protest

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